Due to the ever-rising cost of energy lately, many people are choosing to try to become more reliant on their own abilities as human beings. This can include everything from creating your own heat energy to growing your own vegetables in a garden. These are wonderful ways to remind yourself that you really are capable of much more than you imagined. The only issue is usually the fact that often people don’t know where to begin this process or perhaps they don’t have enough time to make it happen. However, in their extra time, anyone can start to make a difference in their life as a homeowner.
One great way to start saving your family money immediately is to invest in a wood burning stove to heat your home. This process is much more affordable and efficient overall. The only thing you have to worry about when you are using wood heat is making sure you have an ample supply of firewood to last you through the fall, winter and spring. When it comes to firewood, you also have to be sure that you are keeping your supply as dry as possible to avoid an especially smoky experience inside your home.
One great way to combat wet firewood would be to build a waterproof shed created specifically for the storage of firewood. Ideally a shed of this nature will be raised off of the ground about six inches or so. This will effectively combat the pooling of water that the firewood would otherwise be sitting in. It is also recommended that you try to choose a piece of land that is somewhat elevated so that you won’t have to worry about flooding. You can choose to make the platform either concrete which is a great foundation or out of wood.
When building your shed, you will want to have a plan for how large you want the structure to be. Often this will depend heavily on the amount of space you have and the amount of room you need for storage. For a firewood shed, often measurements of 6×10 are ideal because then you will be able to store your firewood the long way so that you can organize it very easily. Then, whenever you need a new load of firewood, you will be able to go out to the shed and know that you will have a ready supply of dry firewood.
Often, the cost of building a shed is much less than the amount you will spend replacing your wet firewood every year. There are many blueprints available online that will help you build this shed on your own. These blueprints will tell you exactly what you will need to complete this process as well as how much room you will need to complete your shed. Start with the foundation and work your way up. Your shed should also have a slanted roof to avoid the pooling of water when it rains. Overall, your choice to go with wood heat over electric heat can be a total success if you take the necessary steps to keep your wood supply as dry as possible.