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Storing firewood in England: tips from the experts




A common question asked by customers is how they should best store their firewood. We have a range of suggestions:


KEEP YOUR FIREWOOD DRY, YET WELL AIRED


Firewood will remain in good condition if you keep it both dry, and well-aired. Damp and water will affect the wood so you want to avoid that as much as possible.


If you're storing your firewood outside, we recommend stacking it against the non-weathered side of the house. You can then cover it with a sheet of plastic or tarpaulin to keep it dry. Cover the top of the firewood only, leaving the sides open to the air. This will allow air to circulate through the stack, to allow it to breathe.


Other outside options include in your shed or garage, or ideally a 3-sided wood store which has a roof.



STORING FIREWOOD INSIDE


If you're storing your firewood inside, the same rules apply. The firewood should be stacked, dry and well-aired. While aesthetically you might want to have the firewood stacked right next to the fire, ideally you should leave a good space between the two - the firewood is a combustible material, after all!


We recommend a wicker basket for storage as then you can transport a small amount of firewood from outdoors to indoors as and when you need it.



WHAT DOES MOSS ON FIREWOOD MEAN?


Moss occurs naturally in the forest. Sometimes firewood will moss on it but this doesn’t mean it is “wet wood”. Simply, the moss has remained on the wood after it has been seasoned.


An easy way to tell if the moss is an issue is whether the moss is soft and squidgy. This would suggest it’s relatively fresh. The moss on firewood from Black Dog Forestry will be crumbly and fall off when you touch it.


In addition, dried moss can be useful as an added element of kindling to help the fire get started.



STORING FIREWOOD IN THE WARMER MONTHS


As we go into spring and summer, you might forget all about your firewood stack and let the elements get to it. Remember - dry and airy is your best bet for when you need firewood for next winter.


Also remember that our firewood is ideal for summer activities like pizza ovens, chimineas and fire pits. Stay warm outdoors on cool British nights.


If you have any other questions about storing firewood, we'd love to hear them. Drop us a comment and we'll update the post!


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