Ready for Snow? Tips for Log Storing during Winter
While people living on the Bahamas have the privilege of wearing the same apparel all year round, most of the world is not so fortunate. Because of this, one of the greatest household budget issues on the annual basis is the matter of heating. There are many different heating systems some of which are using gas, others electric energy, then again there are those who still use solid fuel. Speaking of which, the convenience of heating your home with firewood is simply undeniable. First of all, it reconnects you with your distant ancestors who used this same method to keep their families and their clans warm and safe from predators. Second, the price of using a wood-burning stove is one of the cheapest heating methods. The only problem you will face here will be the issue of storage and here are some tips.
Providing Storage Facility
Before you even start thinking about using firewood as your primary heat source, you need to know one thing. Firewood cannot be stored outside, which means that you need an adequate storage facility. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just a place where you can keep your wood reserves safe and dry.
The size of the place will determine how much wood it can receive, but first you need to know how much wood you need. During a standard winter (October to April) an average household needs to spend 3 – 4 m3 per annum in order to stay warm. Naturally, this varies from year to year but is as good figure as any to begin with. It also doesn’t hurt to learn a thing or two about heating with wood.
Splitting and Stacking
There are several reasons why splitting wood is vital for both your storing efforts and the quality of fire you will later make with it. Namely, stacking logs takes much more space than stacking log splits. Then again, for drying purposes you don’t want to stack them too densely either. In other words, it is all about the airflow. There are many methods and techniques, so it is up to you to choose one that suits your needs the best.
Splitting has another function as well, namely, split log tends to dry more quickly and more efficiently than a full log. However, this takes some time, some patience and a good chopping axe. The right tool for the job is a job means a job half-done, which is why it is always worth your while to ch