My neighbor just offered me about a half cord of wood. The only place
I have to store it would be on the side of my house, probably not more
than an inch from the wall. I have stucco walls, and the ground is
completely paved with cement. Would stacking the wood up against the
house (again, perhaps an inch away) be problematic? With a cement
floor and stucco walls, are termites a threat?
Also, any advice on storing would be appreciated. I have plenty of
cinder blocks and landscaping blocks available, if that's any help.
This is Turtle.
I'm not a Termite man or a firewood Stacker but here is a few thingsfor i'm
around a bunch of people who use wood for main source of heat and deal with
it all the time with these people. most have a wood heater and electric
central electric heat to back up the wood supply. Oak wood is cheap here and
electricity is high. You can get fire wood for $40.00 to $45.00 a rick ,
stacked and delivered to your home.
If your going to burn it this winter, the termites will not come into play
till summer gets here.
keep a 1" air gap between the stucco wall and the wood for to let it dry
when it rains on it.
Also cover the top with something water proof material to keep the water out
of the middle of the pile to prevent termites and wood rot to start.
Here in New Mexico plenty of folks stack firewood against their stucco
homes. Sometimes they will use a rack of some sort. IIRC Home Depot has
a kit that you can make a firewood storage rack with some 2x4's and the
supplied parts. Certainly enough for 1/2 a cord. OTOH I would just be
concerned with the wood pile harboring Black Widow's. I have that
problem around my house. Other than that....stack away! Stucco gets
harder as it ages BTW, so just as long as you don't slam the wood
against your house you should be ok.
South-facing rack is obviously much better than north. Cover above,
and loosely on sides- to allow airflow. Brown recluse spider is
deadly too- just shake things up a bit before carrying pieces off,
with gloves. Any decent hardwood gets better with age for some years,
so don't rush burning it.
This is not a reliable guide. Plan to let green
hardwood dry for two years but use it before
the fifth year. Birch begins to rot in only
two or three years in most climates, and
even maple can rot in five years or more.
Carlsbad Springs (Ottawa, Canada)
Only if you leave it lying on the ground or in a pile out in
the weather. Snags in the forest can have very little wood
rot after 10 years, and wood that is down put supported by
other logs usually has no rot after 5 years. This in the
west where precipitation is less than 30 inches per year,
but the wood may be snow covered for several months. My
house is made of wood, and it hasn't rotted in 27 years.
Lots of other house last for more than 100 years.
Seriously, it doesn't rot if you keep it off the ground,
keep it covered so that it doesn't get wet, and is stacked
so that air circulates. Woodshed anybody? Wood will stay
solid for many years (like 40) in a woodshed.
My wood is protected from the elements, fence with a roof of
corregated plastic, and the only thing that has ever rotted
is the pieces lying driectly on soil. Some pieces have been
there for more than 10 years waiting for an especially bad
Run a few boards of treated wood on the floor and then stack. This will
keep the wood off the floor. I would also consider a tarp to cover the
wood. This is why I hate wood. It rots, gets buggy and then freezes
together when you need it.
You assume the wood does not already have termites. Always a threat,
but most important factor is that they aren't piled on or against wood
structure of the house, and that the house can be inspected for mud
tubes and such. Does stucco go below grade? Construction is block/stucco?
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