Firewood Storage in Florida

by Dina
(Florida)

I still have some firewood left from this winter that is already seasoned. Can I store this for next winter without having it deteriorate or attract termites? Will the wood be safe to burn next winter? I have a rack, but not a shed. Thanks!

Answer

Dina,

As long as you keep your firewood elevated (ie on a rack) you shouldn't have to worry about the wood rotting. Termites and other bugs are always a possibility when dealing with firewood, but keeping the wood elevated off the ground eliminates most of the risk. To lessen the risk even more, I suggest making sure that the firewood rack is not directly against your home. Keeping it at least 30 feet away from the house is a good idea. Hope this helps!

-Firewood Matt

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by: Lip

This is not really a comment, but more of a follow up question for you, Matt. Years ago, we stored creosoted phone poles, just stacked on the ground, and pulled them out for use on our grounds to make a large enclosure for an automobile destruction derby. Once when I put the scoop of the tractor down to drag them out for use, the sky turned black with German bumble bees, as I had unwittingly disturbed their nest. When I restacked them after the event, I put several of the shorter poles perpendicular then stacked the long ones on top of them off the ground - no more problems. I too am going to store leftover firewood until next season, ( off the ground, but on treated 4x4s ). As the firewood will be stacked so tightly, are there any precautions necessary to avoid bees, yellow jackets, etc., from nesting? Thanks.

Answer

Lip,

Unfortunately I'm not a bee or wasp expert, so I can't really speak with certainty on the subject. My initial thought is that any species of stinging insect that likes to nest in wood and tight spaces would certainly consider a firewood pile as a potential nesting ground. Keeping the wood elevated will greatly reduce the overall risk of bug infestation so that's really the best strategy. Also, I don't recommend treating the pile with any sort of insecticide to prevent a nest. The chemicals are dangerous and could become problematic when the wood is burned.

Hope this helps!

-Matt

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