How Long Does Firewood Last? Can It Go Bad?

How Long Does Firewood Last? Can It Go Bad?

The occasions are scarce where we can enjoy the familial warmth beside a radiant, crackling fire. Amidst dinner table gatherings and shared indulgence in favored shows, mobile devices often distract from the essence of togetherness.

The art of kindling a fire can create undisturbed, unplugged moments — a haven of unparalleled, luxurious bonding. Gather your finest firewood and bring those impromptu nights of coziness and warmth.

Understanding firewood longevity is imperative in curating an uninterrupted night by the crackling flames. Join us as we discuss the lifespan of firewood, offering invaluable insights to ensure your soirée by the flames extends gracefully.

How Long Can You Store Firewood?

The longevity of your firewood depends greatly on your storage methods. If you store firewood outside properly in humid areas, it tends to last around two years. If you have high-quality wood stored inside, it can essentially last forever. 

Let’s discuss several other factors that may affect longevity. 

What Makes Wood Last Longer?


Moisture plays a vital role in the longevity of firewood. It is important to keep your firewood dry, as moisture leads to the growth of mold and mildew. These can damage the wood and pose health risks when burned. Ensuring your firewood remains dry is imperative to maintaining its quality.

Quality wood is the foundation of any cozy fireside gathering. Our firewood is ultra kiln dried for 48 hours at 250 degrees. The drying process ensures your fire burns hotter and longer with less smoke. It’s also much easier to start and significantly extends its shelf life. 

Storage Practices

Preferably store in a convenient location. If you are burning inside, then store close by, preferably inside. The garage is a great location. If burnin outside, keep the rack nearby for convenience. Proper storage methods are essential for preserving firewood. If storing outside keep your firewood off the ground to extend its lifespan, ideally on a rack with a cover. This prevents moisture from seeping into the wood and reduces the risk of pest infestation

Cutting Edge Firewood’s Firewood Racks are an opulent, stylish way to effectively store your wood and prevent mold from entering. 

Type of Wood

The type of wood you’re using may also impact its longevity. Hardwoods are denser and have higher natural oil content, helping them withstand moisture exposure and less prone to a quick quality decline. Examples of perfect fireside night hardwoods are hickory and oak.

Our top-quality Artisenal Hickory Firewood is a low-maintenance hardwood that ensures you can prolong those serene fireside nights. Top off your hickory with our uncut rounds for the optimal fireside experience.

Can Firewood Really Go Bad?

Yes, firewood can absolutely go bad. Mold, rot, and infestation are signs of decayed, bad wood. If you notice unusual colors under the tree bark or mushrooms growing, these are signs that your firewood has become moldy.

Burning compromised firewood can lead to poor heat output and increased smoke, decreasing the overall efficiency of your fire. It can also lead to health problems since burning moldy wood releases spores, sending them airborne throughout your home, where they can cause coughing and nasal irritation.

Always inspect your firewood for signs of deterioration to ensure your fire experience is as safe as it is luxurious.

How Can You Ensure Your Firewood Lasts Longer?

To maximize the lifespan of your firewood, consider the following:

Opt for Ultra Kiln Dried Over Seasoned

Choosing ultra kiln dried firewood over seasoned wood can significantly increase its longevity. Ultra kiln dried firewood undergoes a rigorous drying process, removing excess moisture and ensuring a higher quality burn. This translates to hotter fires, longer burn times, and minimal smoke.

The Takeaway

Investing in top-quality firewood and following proper storage practices are essential for maximizing its lifespan. By keeping your firewood dry, opting for ultra kiln dried varieties, and practicing regular maintenance, you can ensure a superior fire experience

Remember, a well-maintained firewood supply brings you closer to the primal allure of fire while igniting luxurious and unforgettable moments in the company of loved ones. Enjoy the warmth and ambiance of a perfectly burning fire with long-lasting firewood.


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About The Author

Leroy Hite

Leroy Hite is the founder and CEO of Cutting Edge Firewood, an ultra-premium firewood and cooking wood company located in Atlanta, Georgia. Leroy's mission is to give people the experience of the perfect fire because some of life’s best memories are made in the warmth of a fire’s glow. He founded Cutting Edge Firewood in 2013 with a goal to provide unmatched quality wood and unparalleled customer service nationwide. The company offers premium kiln-dried firewood, cooking wood, and pizza wood in a wide variety of species and cuts to customers around the country.