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Storage Options - Smoking Wood - Ideas

Sal Barsanti

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Just wondering how folks store their smoking wood? I have a decent about of chopped cherry wood (all dry) in my garage and now have even more split oak that needs to dry. I have the wood in the tall leaf bags (paper) and some cardboard boxes.

Just wondering how everyone stores their wood chunks? Up high on shelves? In boxes or bags? Mesh/wire fencing baskets?

I'll be bringing down an apple tree soon and really want to figure out a good way to store this wood. I'll have a lot and want to keep it clean, dry and separated.

Oak


Oak


Cherry

Thanks much.
 
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RiversideSm0ker

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Ha I keep my wood in the bags that I bought from the store. There aren’t any trees around me to fell. I find that Walmart and Home Depot give me all the choices that I need. I’ve been thinking of getting some plastic drawers to put out by my smoker. I think it would be handy for my purpose.

George
 

Sal Barsanti

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I was wondering about large plastic totes. But, what about air flow? Would that be a concern? We need to keep the wood dry, right? But that would be a good way to do it. I could stack plastic totes or put them up on a shelf.
 

Hank R

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I keep mine in the plastic totes, but I used a hole saw and cut 3 holes on each end and 5 on each side.
 

dave schiller

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I have a VERY dry basement and store my wood there on a simple frame of 2x3 boards and a wire wrack that pirated from my wife. Moisture content reads 8% on my meter.
 

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Sal Barsanti

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i have cut most of my smoking into chunks, similar to what you buy in the bags at the hardware store. I like this setup, but might need to do totes.
 

chopsaw

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I keep mine in totes outside under a covered patio . No holes it the totes . I don't want bugs in there . Chumks were dried first .
 

Sal Barsanti

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Thanks for the comments Copsaw.

I am getting a new shed delivered in a couple weeks. I could keep my wood chunks in totes in the shed, I guess. Either that or the garage.

How long do you keep wood? A year or two? Longer?
 

chopsaw

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I cut down a hickory tree 2 years ago for fire wood . Cut some into chunks . Still have some .
 

js0813

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I keep mine in the plastic totes, but I used a hole saw and cut 3 holes on each end and 5 on each side.
Same idea here...I usually use sticks/split logs, but got a bunch of hickory and cherry in milk crates to dry and season.
 

phatbac

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I have a large wood pile outside with a tarp over it. I need to split it up better so after splitting I'm going to transfer to a log rack I bought on Amazon.

Happy Smoking,
phatbac (Aaron)
 

archeryrob

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I use pressure treated 2x4's and make racks 6' tall and 8' long and about 1' wide. Top logs keep the rain off the pile or you can tarp it.

I store my house firewood under the deck in the same racks. I added metal roof to the bottom of the joist as it drains away from the house. I added gutter to catch the rain and run it away from the wood. Perfect dry storage.
 
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Sal Barsanti

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So you keep your smoking wood in firewood length, right? I've been cutting mine into chunks. So I have been viewing this as crates, tubs, wire mesh, etc.

Thanks for the feedback.
 

Boardtowndawg

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Just found this thread and I was interested. Any of y’all that keep your splits in plastic totes with the holes cut in them, did you have problems with termites being attracted to them? I wanted to do the same but didn’t want to unnecessarily attract termites that close to my house.
 

Sal Barsanti

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Just found this thread and I was interested. Any of y’all that keep your splits in plastic totes with the holes cut in them, did you have problems with termites being attracted to them? I wanted to do the same but didn’t want to unnecessarily attract termites that close to my house.
I have my wood chunks in paper leaf bags. I have thought about moving some of it to plastic totes, but haven't done it.

I have a couple leaf bags full of oak, cherry, red apple and yellow apple. Probably a little too much for my use. Not sure how many years I can keep the wood dry, clean, free of issues.
 

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