How to store firewood with a tarp

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How to store firewood with a tarp
Keep your wood dry, which will promote a good fire, by using a tarp. (Burning fire in fireplace image by Leo Druker from

Firewood can be stored in a number of areas, such as in firewood sheds, on racks designed to hold firewood or directly on the ground. If you don't have a protective wood shed, place the firewood directly on the ground, away from any wood structures and covered with a tarp. Use a heavy-duty tarp to protect the firewood from outdoor elements. When placing the tarp over the firewood, cover only the top of the pile, leaving about a foot or two uncovered on each side to allow for air circulation.

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Things you need

  • Firewood stack
  • Tarp
  • Bungee cords (optional)

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  1. 1

    Stack the firewood into neat 4- to 5-foot-high rolls away from wooden structures. Make multiple firewood rolls if you have a lot of wood and minimal storage space. Keep small spaces between the rolls to allow air circulation, which will keep the firewood dry.

  2. 2

    Fold a large heavy-duty plastic tarp to a width that will allow you to cover the top and a portion of each side of the firewood stack. Measure 22 to 24 inches for standard fireplace logs and add 18 to 24 inches for each side to overhang for a total of around 5 or 6 feet.

  3. 3

    Place the tarp over the stacked firewood. Distribute the tarp evenly over the sides, allowing some exposure at the bottom so air can circulate between the logs.

  4. 4

    Set a piece of heavy firewood on top of the pile, sandwiching the tarp in between the two pieces. Repeat this process about every three feet to secure the tarp and protect it from high winds.

  5. 5

    Hook a bungee cord hook to a firewood rack if you're using one and wrap it around the pile to secure the tarp. Double up the bungee cord if it's too short and hook the opposite end to the rack bottom to form a circle around the wood pile.

Tips and warnings

  • Firewood should always be stacked away from wooden structures, as the wood piles can attract termites, insects or rodents, which could cause damage to surrounding structures.

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