Log Racks – Not Just For Those Who Fear the Elements
Allow me a moment to tell you about my growing up in California – where we equate snow with going to trendy ski resorts wearing our super-cute designer snow clothes. Growing up in the Wild West was quite an experience: endless summer all year long, and sunshine and warm weather on Christmas Day. Of course, living in California meant that I grew up on a constant diet of barbecue, and spent my evenings on the beach enjoying bonfires while gazing across the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Of course, this required some of the finest woods known to man, including pristine red oak, and even cedar. Are you wondering yet what exactly this has to do with log racks? Keep reading, I’ll explain as we go on.
As a strapping young man growing up on a small farm, it was my assigned duty to not only help split the logs, but to also stack the wood once split. Wanting to protect my father’s hard-earned investment, the first log rack I ever own was self-built and home made. It was fashioned out of old cement slabs and rebar; a far cry from the beautiful log rack that I own today. While crude, it helped to keep the wood in a neat and orderly fashion. The only downfall was that the log rack did nothing to protect the quality of the wood itself. As my family used nearly two cords of wood every year (don’t laugh; we liked our wood), we would find that the logs towards the top would be crisp and full of fresh fuel, while those towards the bottom would house bugs of all kinds, and promote the growth of dry rot.
Now do you understand what this has to do with log racks? The moral of this interesting story is that if you have large quantities of wood, you need a log rack. While you may think that are only good for those who live in the north, log racks are not just good for those who need to protect their wood from the wind, snow, and humidity. Indeed, racks are also necessary for those who want to make sure their firewood stays of the highest quality.
Those who live along the southwest coast of California know what I’m talking about when I say “El Nino:” a weather phenomenon that brings weeks of rain, followed by power outages and even minor flooding. When the rain comes, your wood is soaked to the core, and it takes a long time to dry out. As logs love the water, all moisture retained by the logs can result in the growth of mold and rot from within. And this is how dry rot starts — once it begins, it will eat away and ruin your logs. But by keeping your wood in a log rack, you will be ensuring the quality of your wood, from start to finish.
Of course, this doesn’t exclude the fact that bugs, spiders, and other vermin that love the dark, secluded places that a random wood pile would give them. Spiders indigenous to the warmer climates of the west (including the often fatal Black Widow) love to hang out in dark, cool places. And the empty spaces in your pile between logs serve as the perfect breeding place. If you don’t pay careful attention while selecting logs, you could easily be bitten by a black widow, or many other things unpleasant, which could result in death. By putting your logs in a log rack, you are eliminating the wasted space that bugs can create a home in, you are ensuring the safety of your family for years to come, and keeping your logs organized and easy to access wherever you need.
Log racks are no longer a necessity for those who live in the cold weather areas. In fact, anyone who stores wood for any reason should have them. Not only do they keep your logs stacked and ready for your use whenever you need, but they keep your investment safe and secure for when you are ready to use them.
Joe Cortez is a freelance writer with diverse interests including home and garden, outdoor furniture and backyard living, including quality log racks As a media professional, his work has been featured on CNN, The CBS Evening News, and has provided work for ABC News as well. He currently writes for Outdoor Furniture Plus
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