How Close Do You Place Your Wood Pile to The House?

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Minister of Fire
Dec 5, 2005
Sand Lake, NY
I imagine there are pluses and minuses to either close or far. However, there would be less tromping through snow and such if it were closer. :)


New Member
Mar 15, 2006
Ya put the wood on the deck or where ever you exit the house to get the wood. However if you lived further south or had termites than you would want it to have it further away from the house.


Eric Johnson

Mod Emeritus
Nov 18, 2005
Central NYS
In the barn, next to the boiler room.


Minister of Fire
Feb 16, 2006
Norfolk Ma
About 30-40' from the house


Minister of Fire
Dec 9, 2005
Rule of thumb is at least 20 feet.

Keeping it off the ground will save lots of insect troubles.


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For years I have stacked the wood away from the house because of termite concerns and frozen my butt off bringing in the wood. This year, because I got a late start, I stacked four cords of it right outside the back door of the basement where my office is located.

It ain't ever going anywhere else from here on. Taking two steps out the door and grabbing some wood is a luxury I will not ever deny myself again. Always at hand for the office stove and when I needed to go upstairs I just took a few splits with me each time.

got wood?

New Member
Jan 4, 2006
Acton, MA
velvetfoot said:
I imagine there are pluses and minuses to either close or far. However, there would be less tromping through snow and such if it were closer. :)
*always* the first path to dig out after fresh snow is the one to the wood racks! After I warm up I tackle the driveway ;-)


Dec 15, 2005
Wild Wonderful WV
I keep the main pile 120' from the house. About every 1.5 weeks I bring up 1/4 of a cord to the back door (with the truck). By doing that I keep the mess and bugs away. ;-)


Feb 12, 2006
Waterford, PA
Termites aren't an issue here. In the fall, I stack as much as possible in the breezeway between my house and garage. This way I don't have to go out in the snow (we average 120+ inches per year here).


Feeling the Heat
Jan 23, 2006
Howard County, MD
My wood is about 40-50' from the house and gets stacked about 15' from the garage, where I process it. Bugs are a factor (especially termites) but I would also be nervous about having a couple cords right near the house (like under a deck). The chance may be slim but that much dry fuel would make a hell of a blaze if it ever caught fire. One of my neighbors keeps his whole supply under his deck right outside his kitchen door. Oh...his riding mower, push mower, weed wacker, gas cans, garbage cans, etc... are also stuffed under there as well.
Whatever you're comfortable with I guess.......


Minister of Fire
Dec 6, 2005
Rome, NY, USA
My woodpile is 100 ft from the house (just past the lawn, in the woods). I bring the entire thing to my covered porch in November before the snow comes.

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