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Tips on Storing Firewood for Your Fire Pit

wood-1207949_960_720There’s no better way to enhance the aesthetics of your patio or outdoor living area than by adding an S&S Fire Pit. Manufactured from professional-grade steel, they are designed to last a lifetime. In addition to creating a relaxing atmospheric mood, however, fire pits can also be used for cooking and creating warmth. Regardless of how you use it, you’ll need plenty of firewood on hand to keep the fire blazing.

We’ve talked about this before on our blog, but it’s worth mentioning again the best firewood is going to be what is local to your area.  Here in Georgia, Oak, Hickory and Pine are native, but we don’t recommend burning pine at all.  Oak and Hickory are best for us.  The best wood to obtain is always properly seasoned.  If you can find kiln dried wood that is even better because it burns hot and with very little smoke.

Keep it Off the Ground

In addition to using the right type of wood, though, you’ll also need to store it in a proper area. Leaving your firewood on the ground is just asking for trouble, as moisture will escape from the soil, causing the wood to rot. Furthermore, leaving firewood directly on the ground increases the risk of pest infestations such as termites.

Instead of placing your firewood directly on the ground, try storing it a couple inches off the ground using a wooden palette (or several). As long as there’s a barrier of protection between your firewood and the ground, it will remain protected from ground moisture and pests.

Keep it Covered

You’ll also want to keep your firewood covered. Allowing rain to fall on your firewood is just asking for trouble. It doesn’t take long for moisture to seep into the pores, causing the firewood to rot from the inside out. A simple solution to covering firewood is to use a tarp. Most home improvement stores sell plastic tarps for as little as $20 bucks, which is a small price to pay to keep your firewood nice and dry.

These are just a few tips on how to store firewood for a fire pit. Of course, it’s also a good idea to keep the firewood near your fire pit so you aren’t forced to walk long distances to retrieve it. If you have to walk across the yard just to retrieve a couple pieces, you may find yourself using your fire pit less often.

If you have any questions regarding how an S&S Fire Pit can enhance your outdoor living space; We can help.