A Place for all that Firewood

Now that we’ve covered outdoor fire pits, fancy fire pits, and bonfires at length, it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty.

Where to store all that wood?

A lot of people keep kindling and logs in a heap any old place. But if you don’t tear through wood like we do, then you’re looking at inevitable insect infestation and rot from rainfall and puddles.

When we cleared out the basement a few weeks ago, we found dozens of logs leftover from the days when Better Farm’s heat ran off of a furnace that utilized wood for half its heating. After lugging the logs outside, we proceeded to have night after night of beautiful bonfires. Even some heavy rainfall wasn’t enough to mess with the nice big logs, as they were only outside in a pile for a few days. Some people are more patient than us, however; and would be wise to invest in a firewood rack.

A log rack will save you uncountable man hours over time by keeping you inside and toasty warm instead of outside having to chop wood to replace the wet, rotting logs you scattered willy-nilly on the lawn. Or, if you don’t chop your own wood, a sturdy and weatherproof rack will save you hundreds of dollars by protecting store-bought wood.

The structures don’t have to be eyesores, either. Setting up a nice firewood rack will de-clutter your property—and your brain. And who couldn't use a little of that?

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Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.