If you have a fireplace or wood burning stove, one of your major challenges will be storing the wood and wood pellets that are required to run the appliances. Since most people stock up at the beginning of winter, you may need a great deal of storage space to accommodate all of your stock. The trouble with these bags or stacks of fuel is that they are annoying to look at, messy and take up a lot of space. The easiest solution would be to leave them outside, but if firewood or wood pellets are exposed to the elements like rain and snow, they will no longer be usable. This is why storing bags of wood pellets and firewood in lockers or on pallet racking is a great method for storage.
These options serve several purposes. For starters, the bags or blocks of wood are kept dry. It may not seem like a big deal for firewood or wood pellets to get wet, considering wood begins in the outdoors, exposed to the elements to begin with. However, if these fuel solutions get wet once they have been cured and prepared for burning indoors, they are unlikely to light. Buying large quantities of wood and pellets is a big investment. It can save you a great deal of money on energy and heating costs throughout the winter season. The last thing you want to do is have your supply ruined before the season even begins.
One of the main complaints of homeowners with fireplaces and stoves is the mess they cause. While the mess will not affect the money you save on heating costs, it will frustrate everyone in the house to have wood sitting around, especially if there is crumbling and splintering. Organizing your wood and bags of pellets into a container or stacked on a platform helps you keep things organized. If you have a dedicated space for storing your wood fuel, it makes it easier to keep things organized and keeps your home looking neater and more organized.
If you do not have a garage, shed or other covered storage area, your only two options for storing wood pellets and firewood are in your home or outside. While the conditions indoors may be ideal, you may not have the space to keep it indoors. You also need to consider the inevitable mess, no matter how neat your storage may be. There will still be pellet spills, crumbs and splinters of wood. Storing the wood fuel outside is your best solution. This cuts down on clutter, but still enables you to have convenient access to the wood supply.
Finally, storing your wood pellets or wood supply in this manner enables you to keep track of your supply. If you hide your supply away out of view, you will be unable o check in quickly to see if your supply needs replenishing. Being able to glance out your window or door and take a quick inventory of your supply will make your winter a lot less frustrating.