So you are practical. They are not particularly weird. Weird would
be the guy who builds a $5000 humidity controlled enclosure with
forced air ventilation to protect $200 worth of firewood. Or maybe
that one would just be rich and eccentric. ;-)
I pile mine on a 6" bed of gravel and tarp it. Water drains away no
problem. Some of it is over 5 years old near the bottom and shows no signs
of rotting. It's a little gray, but that's about it. Just like cedar
Although this is probably one of the stupidest
questions because it is so easily answered with
common observation and knowledge, I just have to
jump in. I've seen wood stacked in a wood shed
that has a sand and dirt floor that becomes wet
and has running water every spring when the snow
melts. Wood that had been stacked in that shed
for 15-20 years showed no evidence of
deterioration even for most pieces in direct
contact with the ground. (note I said sand and
dirt floor so the floor was dry most of the time
and the shed was no where close to air tight.)
That, of course, doesn't answer the question, but
indicates that that firewood deterioration should
not be a concern during anyone's lifetime.
George - you said something partially useful! Wow! What happened?
I'm talking about normal wood outside under a tarp, it gets a little
wet as the rain splashes or blows, and its on bricks just above ground.
I've seen wood go completely rotten when it contact gound even for a
Dry and insect free, it can last 100 or 200 years. Firewood is really no
different than the wood used to build homes and furniture centuries ago.
Those protected survived, those in the weather rotted away. Ground moisture
is probably the biggest culprit. Put a tarp under also if you want long
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