The last cold, dreary days of winter are finally making way for bright and warm spring days. As you’re getting ready to retire your fireplace for the season, you might notice you didn’t get around to using all of your winter firewood. If you’re wondering what to do with that leftover firewood, look no further than this post. Here are 5 super simple ways to make sure that firewood doesn’t go to waste. 

Bring Leftover Firewood for Campfires 

Camping is a fun family activity to enjoy during the beautiful weather. If you’ve got plans to go out and enjoy what nature has to offer, consider packing some of that leftover firewood. Bringing wood with you can help you save money since you won’t have to purchase it at the campsite. Also, it cuts out the need to gather kindling, giving you more time to spend with your friends and family around a cozy campfire. Keep in mind, though, that some campsites have policies against bringing in outside firewood. This is to protect the area from invasive insects. Just make sure to do some research on your camping area beforehand. 

Throw a Summer Bonfire 

Another way to use your leftover firewood is to plan a bonfire with friends and family. Gathering around a bonfire is a great way to spend cooler summer nights. And, it’s a great reason to make some fun snacks and drinks to share. So, gather up some chairs and picnic blankets and enjoy a fun summer evening.

Sell Your Firewood 

If you have no plans to use your extra firewood, you can look into selling it locally. Community buy and sell pages such as Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace are great places to list wood for sale. To sell your firewood, figure out how much an entire cord of wood sells for in your area. Then, adjust the price of your listing to reflect the amount of wood you are selling. Many people like to use firewood for DIY projects, so there’s a good chance you can find a buyer even in the off season. 

Donate Leftover Wood

Additionally, you can check into donating leftover firewood. Many areas have organizations called wood banks that will accept firewood and then distribute it to those who need help heating their homes. However, if your area doesn’t have a wood bank, you can look into other nonprofit organizations. They may also take firewood donations, but if not, they can likely point you in the right direction. 

Store Extra Wood for Next Winter 

If you have a suitable storage area, you can always keep leftover wood for the next burning season. Firewood should be stored in a cool, dry area that gets good air circulation. Also, if you can avoid it, firewood should not be stored against the walls of your home, because termites and other pests can infest. 


If you’ve got leftover firewood from the burning season, try out some of these tips to use it up.