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Storing wood inside

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Chris611, Dec 21, 2005.

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  1. Chris611

    Chris611 New Member

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    I am new to having a fireplace after purchasing a home with one installed. I purchased a truckload of mixed wood and have it stacked in the building out back behind the house. I would like to keep some of it up by the house, say enough for one evening of burning. (I don't heat with it, just use it for atmosphere; although the more I read on here, I may look into an insert). I though I read somewhere once that its not a good idea to store wood by the house due to possible bringing termites into the house. What do you guys think? I was thinking of putting a small pile just outside the walkout door with a tarp or I can put the small pile in the corner of the laundry room.(wife will love that).

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    Chris

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  2. Eric Johnson

    Eric Johnson Mod Emeritus

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    It might depend on where you live, Chris. I live in northern New York State and have stored large amounts of firewood in the basements of various old, wood-frame houses and never had a problem. But I don't think termites are a big problem in this part of the country in any event.
  3. Mike Wilson

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    If the wood has seasoned outside for a while, there shouldn't be any threat of termites. Termites live in the ground, they only visit the wood during working hours. Then they return to the ground.
    I keep 1/2 a cord in the basement, about 2 weeks worth of burning here. It keeps it dry, and I don't have to go outside every other day to reload.

    -- Mike
  4. wahoowad

    wahoowad Minister of Fire

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    Chris,

    Buying or building log rack will keep it off the ground and minimize bug issues. You will always have spiders and misc. bugs though so I would keep it outside by the door, maybe bring enough inside for that evening's fire.
  5. DavidV

    DavidV New Member

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    170 L plastic storage bin with lid at Walmart- about 9 buckswill hold enough wood to heat the house for 24 hours. should do you fine for a couple "mood fires".
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