Kiln dried wood is undoubtedly the best choice of fuel for your fireplace or wood burner – it dries the wood from the inside out, removing more moisture than any other process. Bear here… I never thought of myself as a perfectionist but I really like to stack the wood by myself so it is the way I want it and I can make sure the larger logs get split. Some of the best, most convenient places to keep seasoned firewood are next to a fence or next to the shed or other outdoor storage building. For the best price on purchased wood, buy green (unseasoned) wood in advance and season it yourself. Remove the fabric cushions from the furniture and place them in a fully sealed outdoor storage container. Designed of solid cedar wood, the storage box is durable, and resistant to water and weather conditions.
Before the days of central heating woodworm use to be the scourge of old houses; but these days in rooms that are central heated the central heating dries out the wood so that the moisture content in it is too low for the woodworms taste so it’s not so much of a problem. If you have roof space in your home workshop some of the longer pieces of wood can be store there until needed and a small selection of small pieces such as Dowling and beading can easily be stored in suitable tubs or propped up in one corner without taking up much space; but the larger pieces can be the bigger problem for storage.
We do this due to space being an issue at our facility and we have no way of storing them indoors or under cover. If you manage to avoid damaging the wood outright, drying wet hardwood is a slow process that can take weeks. I try not to accumulate too much wood; it’s far too easy to do, and I don’t have a lot of space. Firewood should be cut to a consistent length to be most convenient to useThe wood you have purchased or cut yourself should be the right length for your stove, fireplace or furnace.
You don’t want to store wooden furniture somewhere that has a lot of moisture, thus ruining it. If you have certain furniture that needs to be in a climate controlled environment, then I’d suggest you seek out a place that has these type of units. As noted above, any moisture can damage wood in different ways like changing its shape or developing cracks as it dries. Placing a protective cover over your wood furniture can help keep it from getting scratched or otherwise damaged.
If you intend burning any bits of scrap wood that you don’t want to keep (along with any garden waste) then you may wish to check on any local byelaws e.g. in our area the byelaw is that you shouldn’t start burning in your back garden until after 9pm. Cracking and checking on the edges of a stick of firewood also indicates that the wood is seasoned and dry.
In certain cases, a pre-existing flaw is present in the wood itself, which is only brought out and made apparent by the drying process. If your wood is inside your house, you’re pretty much done once you get it stacked on pallets or boards. The ideal wood storage location is close enough to the house to walk to during cold weather, but not so close that the wood presents a fire hazard to the home.
Our wood is aged outside for 18-20 months either in well ventilated wood shed or under tin outside. Unless submerged, the wood can never re-gain moisture above the FSP because it’s already saturated. Even storing the lumber indoors in an unheated space will help keep the MC lower than storing outdoors. You are correct that air-drying, in most areas, won’t bring the wood down to 6% – 8% simply because the average relative humidity is too high. If you’re building furniture or working on a small job, store wood on short shelves.
This makes them easily portable and suitable for both modern and traditionally sized fireplaces, as well as wood burners and a whole range of other appliances. In situations where green wood is to be processed into usable boards, (especially in the case of thicker lumber), a kiln is frequently used to control the drying process. Unheated garages, barns and partially finished structures are common places to store wood in winter. I know some people keep the minimal (if any) of their scrap wood following a DIY project.
Burning wet wood is not only hard to start a fire with, it can also clog your chimney and a big chunk of the energy created by burning goes straight up that chimney. Some of the variables are: air temperature, humidity, wood stability, moisture content of wood, figure or grain such as crotch, stump or burl, open or closed grain, density or weight, sapwood or heartwood, plain sawed or quarter sawed, tension wood, etc. About the only advice I can think to give about anything that might be an issue (wetness, bugs, mice) is keep the wood as far off the ground as possible when it’s outside.
Much like the pith itself, juvenile wood is very unstable, and has an elevated rate of longitudinal shrinkage; this increased shrinkage rate pulls against the mature wood and causes it to contract and deform either along the face of the board (bow), or along the side of the board (crook). Stacking wood also speeds drying by exposing more wood surfaces to sunlight and air. Another style of deck storage you can choose from is outdoor storage benches with built in seating. However, here are a few conclusions based on years of working or turning green wood.