Do you know the old proverb, “If you are going to do firewood storage, do it well.”?
That can be said of many things in life, including your job, relationships, dish cleaning. It applies to home design as well. I grew up in northern New England, in a log house with a wood stove that provided most of the heating for the home. In the fall when we would have the split wood delivered, we would stack it somewhat neatly 20′ from the house. Tattered sheets of plastic were used to cover the top of the stacks of wood. Form followed function. It was close enough to the door for easy access on cold nights, and out of the way of where the plow and roof dropped loads of snow. It was a bit of an eyesore in the spring, when the snow receded and we were left with plastic and pallets, and the remaining wood. But that is back woods Vermont.
Wood piles have taken on new form of late. The unsightly piles of wood are now being worked into the architecture of the home. The wood pile and wood stove are symbols of self sufficiency and hard work in an era of fracking and environmental accidents. Unlike the oil tank or gas meter, a fire can provide a glimpse of the inner workings of a home’s energy use.
These images were collected from Dwell.com and Houzz.com, and provide a glimpse of the modern use of firewood storage in design.