We currently have our firewood stored under the deck. But, it is a pain, and we want to move it to another location.
I had some roofing panels and metal left over from a reroof. I was planning on making a lean to shaped structure kind of like a pole barn with a steep roof pitch. I want to do this so that the wood would be accessible on the high north side opening, and the south side opening would be lower, protecting from the side that the snow and rain usually comes from. I will make steel rails to keep the wood about a foot off the ground.
I need to store about a cord or two under this. I really don't have many questions about the construction of the lean to, but in other areas, I do:
How long should you let wood sit before burning? How big in cross section should you split down to? If rain gets on sitting aged wood, how long does it take to dry out good enough to burn? Should I make my structure more weather tight? ( I don't want to make it an invitation to critters and spiders) If I spray insecticide on the wood, will it be given off in harmful vapors when I burn? Or should I just spray AROUND the wood, but not directly on it? Any other suggestions?
Help appreciated by this newbie woodsman.