Storing some wood in the garage

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stanleyjohn

Minister of Fire
Mar 29, 2008
506
southcentral Ct
This weekend I'm planning on clearing an area in my garage which is attached to the house.I have done this in past years but with a much smaller amount of wood.Since i plan on using the wood stove often!it will be much easier to just walk into the garage and carry a load to the stove.Since this woods seasoned well I'm hoping that i wont be carrying into the garage bad insects like termites or carpenter ants.Who else does it this way!and any precautions i should take?
 

bgoodwithwood

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Sep 26, 2008
45
Shrewsbury, Mass
I do the same thing. Have a 2x4 rack against the wall and stack the splits pretty high. Never had a problem with bugs but I wait until Oct figuring that the cold will drive them away from the wood that I am bringing in.
 

Vic99

Minister of Fire
Dec 13, 2006
856
MA, Suburb of Lowell
If the garage is 40For lower, any bugs should be dormant. I'm going to do this in an unheated wing of my baement this year.
 

Dexter

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Aug 9, 2007
208
Boulder County, CO
I pack about 3 cords in. Its non-heated, cool, but not freezing out there most of the time. I don't think I've had any infestations. 'Sure is handy.
 

chad3

Feeling the Heat
Feb 13, 2007
453
Southeast CT
I may change from a box that I have now to a built 2x4 frame to see what I can store in there. However, I've found that I can have two days of wood in the stove room and be able to rotate every day and it is pretty good in terms of being "off chill". Might want to try that. Thanks for a reminder. I'm going to get that in place this weekend.
Chad
 

FatttFire

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Feb 14, 2008
195
Snowbelt, Ohio
I pack the garage! I can store up to 4 cords in there! I try to use as much outside as possible, then when it is cold, and the snow is deep then I use the garage stock!
 

RonB

Feeling the Heat
Feb 14, 2007
304
Southwest MI
I store about a face cord in the attached garage, as you are planning to do, and have done this for the past 6-7 years. I do not have any bug problems. I find it is very convenient because it is on the same level, and adjoins the walkout basement, where the stove is located. It also takes out any surface dampness the wood may have from being stacked outdoors in sometimes damp weather. Did I mention I load up a two wheel hand cart with wood and just roll it in? My wife is great, she has seen me do this and didn't say a word. Of course, I do run the vacuum and try to keep the stove area tidied up. Count yourself lucky, to have such a setup, I do! Some members really have to work hard to get their wood into the stove area.
 

kevinlp

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Aug 9, 2006
150
Hyde Park, NY
I keep a pallet in my garage. It usually is around 40 in there all winter. Never had any trouble. I also keep a small pallet in my boiler room which stays quite warm (although no where as warm as it used to be :) ). No issues with that wood either. I think the key is to wait on bringing wood inside in any quantity until we've had some good cold weather to kill off the bugs.
 

jeffee

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Nov 1, 2007
143
Western Ma
I'm no insect expert, but some bugs (carpenter ants, for example) hibernate in cold weather. If they are in your firewood, and you move the wood to a warmer location, the bugs can 'wake up'.
 

bcnu

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Dec 1, 2006
495
Rain and colder weather starting tomorrow and I also plan to move a cord into an unattached garage right next to the house. Had a cord in the attached garage last year but guess we have to park a car in there this year. :)
 

SteveT

Feeling the Heat
May 21, 2008
335
West of Boston
When I stored wood in the garage I kept the wood a few inches away from the wall. My thought was that any bugs wouldn't jump the air space. I have no idea if that helped but I never had a problem.
 

jeff_t

Minister of Fire
Sep 14, 2008
4,202
SE MI
The ants I've found this year are in the center of the big rounds. So I've got a "good" face cord ready to move to the basement for when I'm not home, or otherwise don't keep a supply for my wife to keep the fire going while I'm away.
 

CK-1

Feeling the Heat
Feb 10, 2006
259
I store a rack of wood in the garage and refill as needed during the winter months. I usually wait until the first or second frost before I start moving the wood inside. If I want to start a fire before then, I place some wood in a plasic bin...
 

ScottF

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Aug 7, 2008
411
Southern NH
for the past 10 years I have stored aboutt 5 cords of wood in the garage with no problems. I just bring it in around November after it gets cold enough out there and have it all out or burned before the spring. I have never seen a live ant or bug between those two times. You should be fine as long as its cold enough.
 

stanleyjohn

Minister of Fire
Mar 29, 2008
506
southcentral Ct
Moved some wood into the garage today!Here is a pic
 

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n6crv

Feeling the Heat
Aug 5, 2007
332
Hillsdale Co. Michigan
Stanleyjohn, that's about what I try to keep in the house. What I have found is that most of the bugs I find are just under the bark. So I split the bark off the stuff staying in the house for more the just a few days. That way I have what I can tell my wife is clean wood.
Don
 

michaelthomas

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Feb 10, 2006
286
I have stored about 3/4 of a cord in some homemade racks on my attached screen porch in the past and have had no problems. This year I built a header beam under the screenporch and supported the ledger beam and have stacked 2.5 cord and hope for another .5 cord to fit. So far i havent heard any creaks or cracking and the deck is still level. Sure is handy to just wheel the wood wagon onto the screen porch and fill up versus trudging through the weather.
 

woodzilla

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Dec 23, 2007
168
Mid-Michigan
I store a face cord in the garage. I load up the rack in september just in case,which is before the critters are hibernating. I came across a bug company guy working one day and he told the product they use is called "termidor". I found it on ebay and use it around the perimeter of the house and have even sprayed it directly on ant hills in the yard. The stuff is amazing! So I treat the wall and floor around my rack just for peace of mind.
 

rich81

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Dec 10, 2006
199
the only thing i can see from the pic is to keep the wood off the wall a little bit. unless you r doing that and the pic is deceiving
 

BurningIsLove

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Jan 4, 2006
353
Billerica, MA
Store about a week;s supply on a rack that's a few inches off the ground/from the wall for easy cleanup of debris. No problems with insects as I sweep it up frequently. I will probably throw a small insect trap under there this year just for good measure as my garage is well insulated and my masonry chimney runs up the garage wall, so it averages 55-60 degrees as long as I'm not pulling the truck out often.
 

stanleyjohn

Minister of Fire
Mar 29, 2008
506
southcentral Ct
rich81 said:
the only thing i can see from the pic is to keep the wood off the wall a little bit. unless you r doing that and the pic is deceiving
Not alot of clearance between sheetrock wall and wood!Maybe 2 to 4 inches.I can look behind well enough to see if any bug action is happening.
 

rich81

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Dec 10, 2006
199
i think that should be good. its not like you have cord upon cord in there, where a bug problem could get outta control.
 

kenny chaos

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Apr 10, 2008
1,995
Rochester,ny
I've known plenty of people who store lots of wood in the basement and have never heard of any problems with any kind of bugs. My experience has been that when the wood is cut and split, the bugs also cut and split.
 

bcnu

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Dec 1, 2006
495
Any problems with mice, or maybe it's because we live in the middle of nut orchards.
 
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