Having a wood-fired pizza oven is great—you can make your favorite pizzas at home any time you feel like it. You can invite over your friends and family to enjoy your creations and create awesome memories.
There can be one drawback, though: storing your wood in the appropriate way. It’s a lot more important to store your wood the right way than many people think. You’ll only realize the value of good wood storage when you need to fire up your pizza oven.
How to Store Your Wood
For the most part, you need to know how to store firewood outside; it’s not recommended that you store your wood in your home.
Store Wood Six Inches Off the Ground
It is very important that you store your wood off the ground. Doing so will increase airflow and reduce moisture, which means your firewood won’t be wet when you need it. Wet wood can also lead to mold, rot, bug infestations, and fungus. The best height is around six inches off the ground, but if you live in an area with heavy snow, you may want to store your firewood a bit higher.
Invest in a Wood Rack
A rack is the best solution and the easiest way to keep your wood off the ground. Storing your wood in a higher location away from where water drains is always a good idea. A foundation made of bricks, scrap wood, pallets, or even cinder blocks can serve as a temporary rack for wood storage.
Split Your Wood Before You Buy It
When you split wood, you’ll have smaller wood pieces with less bark, which will ignite and stay lit much better than whole logs would. Also, splitting your wood speeds up its drying process.
Store Wood in a Crisscross Pattern to Give Wood Room to Dry
Although there are many ways to stack your firewood, you should use a crisscross pattern to make pillars at each end of the stack. This improves the stability of your wood stack and makes it easier for air to pass through.
Why Is It Important to Store Your Wood Properly?
There are several reasons why you need to know how to store firewood. Wood that isn’t stored the right way won’t dry as it should, which will affect how well it burns. The wood can also get damp. Wet wood will give you a hard time when starting your fire and can ruin a great pizza-making experience.
Fire Up Your Pizza Oven in Style
Now that you know all you need to know about wood storage, you can stock up so you can treat yourself to a delicious meal made in your wood-fired pizza oven without worrying if your wood will do its job properly. Whether you’re using the Mangiafuoco Countertop Pizza Oven, or any of the other awesome Fontana Wood Fired Pizza Oven, store your wood the right way, and you’ll have a fantastic experience making pizzas.