While there are plenty of ways to neatly stack and store firewood; figuring out how to store kindling can be a bit more of a problem. Usually odd-shaped branches or pieces of scrap wood, kindling piles generally look messy, especially after you’ve struggled to pull out a piece or two and they look less like a pile and more like an explosion. Here are a few ideas for kindling storage that can help to contain the craziness.
Most fireplace stores sell attractive containers that can be kept next to your stove or hearth. Available in various sizes, some are made of brass or copper such as those available at gascoals.net. Decorative planters are often not in use during the colder months and can serve the same purpose. Large wicker baskets are other options, as are antique crocks. When spring comes, you can fill them with plants to freshen up your interior. Old magazine racks and trunks will also work well.
Many decorative log holders, such as the traditional iron hoop, have small shelves underneath in which you can store kindling. Garbage cans are a great option, although if they are to be stored anywhere that isn’t covered, it’s a good idea to punch some drainage holes in the bottom so they won’t catch and retain water. Large plastic planters are great for kindling storage; they’re not in use and already have drainage. Plastic storage boxes can be stacked, but leave the lids off so the kindling can dry out. Plastic storage totes are easy to bring back and forth between the woodpile and the fireplace and can withstand outdoor conditions. Old trunks or sturdy storage benches on the porch can serve as hidden kindling storage and offer a place to sit when pulling off snowy or muddy boots. You can build your own wood storage that can also house kindling. Some plans can be found at backyardspaces.com. To keep kindling neat, try bundling the amount you’ll need with twine and stack for easy retrieval.