Blazing fireplace, candlelight and an aesthetic storage of firewood in the living room
Stored on both sides of the chimney, the firewood looks very well arranged
However, there is a problem with firewood storage!
Yeah, we’ll admit it right away, a firewood storage like this looks great. Stacking your firewood next to the stove has many advantages. In wind and fog, in snow and ice, he always has his firewood within immediate reach. In the right place and nicely stacked, the firewood gives a stylish look that you can admire every day. Unfortunately such a chimney wood storage has a substantial disadvantage, and these are the insects stored in it. Have you already thought about this problem? Certainly not yet, because little is discussed in the media. Wood is a natural material and everyone is happy to have it in their own home. The warm and natural charisma of the wood in the interior design is appreciated today. Unfortunately, firewood can be a home for uninvited “guests”. It is also possible for pests that are undesirable at home to winter there, including woodworms, beetles, carpenter ants, termites, wood cockroaches and many others.
There is enough space under the bench for storing firewood, but….
The right place is the be-all and end-all of firewood storage
What happens if you stack the firewood for the fireplace not far from the kitchen worktop? In modern house design, wood storage would be possible, wouldn’t it? Could the pests attack the wood panelling or wooden beams? But can you bring the firewood into the house and leave the insects outside?
Each firewood storage in the living room brings certain inconveniences with it
These are questions that circle around in your head before you find the right answers. Only when you read expert advice on firewood storage can you understand your mistakes. In most cases it is recommended that you bring a lot of firewood into the interior and stack it next to the fireplace so that it will last for one to two days. In addition, the specialists advise us to store all the firewood at least 1.5 m from the foundation wall of the house. Choose a place outside that is far from trees. Use pallets to ensure better drainage and have a dry firewood during the winter.
You will find modern options for storing firewood in specialist shops
Store your firewood at least 1.5 m away from the foundation wall of the house
Why do you have to do all that? Obviously! A well dried firewood has no smell, contains no moisture and has no bark. Beetles and insects love all these things and the dry firewood does not offer them! That means the little beasts can’t stay there! In addition, really dry firewood has a moisture content of less than 20 percent, which prevents mold from forming on it. And something very important: dry wood burns more efficiently and with less smoke than that of the newly felled trees. This means that you avoid creosote deposits in the chimney and thus any danger of a smoky fire.
Dry wood burns more efficiently and with less smoke
Allow the firewood to dry well before using it in winter
Further tips for proper firewood storage
In order to prevent the errors described above, it is best to buy the firewood sometime in late summer, but no later than late autumn. The newly purchased wood was to be stored and covered in a special area. According to experts in the field, this will help kill pests. Don’t forget, the drying time depends on the type of wood. Soft wood takes about 6-8 months, while hard woods take longer. You have to expect a drying time of one or two years.
Do not work the firewood with the well-known insect repellents before bringing it into the house
Another important tip from the experts: Always check the firewood before you bring it into the house. It’s possible there were insects hiding inside. I’m afraid there’s not much you can do about it. However, we advise against spraying the wood with flammable insect repellents, for obvious reasons! If you want to avoid the problem with pests, you could buy purely decorative firewood and stack it next to the fireplace in the living room. But you’d have to store the real firewood outside the house. In this way you combine the aesthetic and the practical and have a warm winter in your own four walls!
Great idea for outdoor firewood storage
The firewood can be stored outside for a long time like this
Old wooden boxes can also be used for firewood storage and to spread a vintage flair at home
To combine the aesthetic with the practical and to achieve a visual effect in the interior
In this living room you can spend every cold winter carefree
Wood storage in the minimalist furnished living room
A clever idea! Bring only little wood into the house, it must be enough for one day.
Can you think of a better way to store your firewood inside?
Put the storage place for the firewood in the limelight!