Are looking for firewood cover ideas for your woodpile? This article will introduce Xpose Safety polyethylene tarps as a great option for a cover for firewood.
In a previous video (seen below), I showed you how to securely attach a tarp using fender washers and screws, but I found that I had to replace my tarps every year due to degradation of the tarp and water seeping into the wood.
That’s why I decided to invest in heavy duty multipurpose tarps that are 16 mil thick and made of premium heavy duty fabric.
In this article, I’ll take you through the unboxing of the Xpose Safety multipurpose super heavy duty brown polyethylene tarp, show you how to affix it to the woodpile using fender washers and screws, and discuss the benefits of upgrading to heavy duty tarps. So, let’s get started!
- Upgrading to heavy duty tarps can provide superior protection against water, UV rays, and all-season elements.
- Using fender washers and screws can securely attach heavy duty tarps to woodpiles.
- Heavy duty tarps with grommets every two feet or less can help prevent tearing and provide added security against high winds.
Background on Tarp Usage
Initial Tarp Securing Method
Four years ago, I made a video showing how to secure a tarp onto a woodpile using fender washers with a screw. This method worked well, but every year I had to change my tarps, probably because I bought cheap ones.
These tarps were made of a woven material that degraded within one season, allowing water to get down into the wood.
Issues with Cheap Tarps
Cheap tarps may appear waterproof at first, but over time they degrade and become less effective. This degradation can lead to water getting into the wood and causing damage. In my experience, cheap tarps last only one season.
To avoid this issue, I invested in heavy-duty multipurpose tarps that are 16 mil thick. These tarps are made of premium heavy-duty fabric and are reinforced from edge to edge with polyrope sewn into the hem for ultimate protection against rips and fraying.
They are also rain, UV, and all-season protection, waterproof, rust and mildew-resistant, and won’t deform or shrink.
In conclusion, using heavy-duty tarps is a more effective solution than using cheap tarps. It is important to invest in high-quality tarps to protect your woodpile from damage caused by water and other elements.
Upgrade to Heavy Duty Xpose Safety Tarps
Unboxing Xpose Safety Tarps
I recently purchased Xpose Safety multipurpose heavy duty tarps and I am excited to share my experience with you. The tarps came in a box and I purchased two of them. The tarps are brown in color, which I personally prefer, and they are 4 feet wide by 20 feet long.
The manufacturer claims that these tarps are ideal for construction, camping, cars and trucks, RVs, boats, and more. They can even be used for covering firewood.
The tarps are made of a 16 by 16 weave premium heavy duty fabric that is waterproof, rust and mildew-resistant, and won’t deform or shrink. The grommets are placed about a foot and a half apart, which is perfect for my purposes.
The edges and hem are reinforced with polyrope sewn into the hem for ultimate protection against rips and fraying. These tarps are designed to provide rain, UV, and all-season protection.
Features of the New Xpose Safety Polyethylene Tarps
The heavy duty tarps that I purchased are significantly thicker than the ones I used to buy. The old ones were probably less than 5 or 4 mil thick, while the new ones are 16 mil thick.
The heavy duty tarps are made of a woven material that is much more durable than the old ones. The corners of the tarps are reinforced with copper grommets and plastic to prevent any ripping from occurring.
The grommets on the new tarps are made of hard aluminum, which is much stronger than the plastic grommets on the old tarps. The grommets are placed closer together on the new tarps, which makes it easier to secure the tarps to the woodpile.
The tarps are also much heavier than the old ones, which makes them more resistant to high winds.
Overall, I am very happy with my purchase of the Xpose Safety multipurpose heavy duty tarps. They are significantly more durable than the old ones I used to buy and I am confident that they will last me for several seasons.
If you are in the market for new tarps, I highly recommend giving these a try.
Measuring Grommet Distance
As seen in the youTube video above, I recently purchased heavy duty multipurpose tarps for my woodpile, and I am impressed with their quality. The manufacturer, Xpose Safety, claims that these tarps are 16 mil thick and have grommets for superior performance. I wanted to verify this claim, so I measured the distance between the grommets.
Using a measuring tape, I found that the distance between one grommet to the other is 20 inches, which is a little more than a foot and a half. This distance is good for my purposes because I can secure my firewood at each grommet, which is perfect. It also prevents any ripping from occurring.
Comparing Tarp Thickness
Before purchasing these heavy duty tarps, I used to buy cheap ones every year. However, I noticed that they degrade within one season, and the water ends up getting down into the wood. These cheap tarps were probably less than four or five mil thick.
The Xpose multipurpose heavy duty tarps that I recently purchased are 16 mil thick, and they are made of a woven material that is waterproof, rust and mildew-resistant, and won’t deform or shrink. They are also reinforced from edge to edge with polyrope sewn into the hem for ultimate protection against rips and fraying.
After unboxing and examining the tarps, I can confidently say that they are much more heavy duty than what I am used to when it comes to tarps. They have a copper grommet and some plastic around it to prevent any ripping from occurring. The corners are also reinforced.
Overall, I am impressed with the quality of these heavy duty tarps, and I believe that they will last me a few seasons. I hope that this demonstration has been helpful in showing you the benefits of investing in heavy duty tarps for your outdoor needs.
Removing Old Tarps
First, I removed all of the old tarps from my woodpile. I kept one fender washer with a screw to show how to affix the new tarp onto the woodpile.
Positioning the New Tarp
I purchased a heavy-duty multipurpose tarp that is 4 feet wide by 20 feet long. I chose brown because it looks good on top of the woodpile, and my wife prefers it.
I overlapped the seam by a couple of feet and cut the excess off at the end. I positioned the tarp to be slightly over each side of the woodpile, leaving the whole woodpile available for drying purposes.
Securing with Fender Washers
I used fender washers with screws to secure the new tarp onto the woodpile. I used a portable drill to go into the middle of each grommet. The grommets are about 16 to 20 inches apart, and there are grommets every less than every two feet.
I overlapped at the seam by a couple of feet. I secured the tarp at every couple of grommets, sometimes each one of them. I went overboard, but I wanted to be sure that the tarp wouldn’t come off even in a fifty mile per hour wind.
Final Adjustments and Expectations
Cutting Excess Tarps
Now that I have secured the heavy-duty multipurpose tarps to my woodpile, I noticed that the second tarp is a bit longer than I need it to be. As such, I plan on cutting off the excess to ensure that it does not hang over the woodpile and interfere with the drying process.
After securing the tarps to the woodpile using the fender washers and screws, I am confident that my firewood will be protected from rain, UV, and other elements. The heavy-duty tarps are 16 mil thick and have reinforced edges and hems, making them resistant to rips and fraying.
Additionally, the grommets are made of a hard aluminum material, which provides superior performance compared to plastic grommets.
I am pleased with my purchase of the Xpose multipurpose heavy-duty tarps and believe that they will last me for several seasons. I am excited to see how they hold up against high winds and rain, which is expected in the coming days.
Overall, I am satisfied with the final product and hope that this video has been helpful to those looking for a reliable way to secure tarps to their woodpile. Don’t forget to like and subscribe for more DIY videos!
Firewood Cover Ideas using Xpose Safety Tarps – A Recap
Based on the specs provided by the manufacturer, I anticipate that these heavy duty tarps will last me for multiple seasons. The 16 mil thickness and reinforced edges and hem should provide superior protection against rips and fraying. Additionally, the grommets spaced less than two feet apart allow for secure attachment to the woodpile, even in high winds.
Overall, I’m happy with my purchase of the Xpose Safety multipurpose heavy duty tarps and would recommend them to anyone in need of durable and reliable tarps for their outdoor needs.
Bob started his passion site, TotallyUniqueLife, back in 2009. The website is geared toward fitness, tips, DIY, life hacks, and reviews. Bob has been a fitness and weightlifting enthusiast for the past 50 years. He has also been passionate about woodworking and DIY over the years. He has been formally trained in woodworking at the Homestead Woodworking School in NH.
He enjoys sharing his knowledge of fitness, woodworking, and DIY on his website and YouTube channel with the same name – TotallyUniqueLife.