Make A DIY Firewood Rack

Want To Make A DIY Firewood Rack?

There is nothing more enticing than a warm fire on a chilly night.  Until you realized you need to get some more wood to keep the fire going.  A trek to your shed outside in the cold is the last thing you want to do.  What’s worse is if you have your firewood just lying around in the yard, exposing it to the elements and making them absolutely useless.

A firewood rack is a necessity to keep wood conveniently close and protected.  Here are some benefits of storing your wood on an efficient rack:

  • Protects your wood from moisture by keeping it raised from the ground.
  • Protects the wood from getting waterlogged
  • Allows you to save money as you will be able to purchase firewood in bulk
  • Prevents vermin from making your wood into their home sweet home.
  • Keeps your firewood conveniently close so you don’t need to go too far to get more wood.
  • Helps you save money as you’re able to lessen the chances of wood rotting or becoming too wet to burn properly.

There are 2 types of firewood racks that you can choose from, indoor and outdoor.  Both have their own pro’s and cons.

Indoor Firewood Racks

By having an indoor firewood rack, you make sure that you have extra wood available for when it’s too cold to go outside.  However, it is recommended that you only store a few logs inside your house as this is a fire hazard and may open your home to bugs, insects, and dirt.

Outdoor Firewood Racks

Outdoor racks are the best options to store a lot of firewood. You can keep logs you bought safe from the weather and ensure that they will burn properly when used.

It is recommended that you keep it a few feet away from your house to as a fire safety precaution.

You can buy firewood racks that are already made, but building a DIY Firewood Rack is better. By doing so, you are able to ensure that the measurements are perfect for where you need it at. This also allows you to use materials that you already have available in order to make it a cost-effective project.

With store bought racks, you would need to compromise design, materials and price to get one that would suit your needs.  But with DIY Firewood Rack projects, you get what you need in the material you prefer at low cost.

Here are some tips to help you out with your DIY Firewood Rack:

The Vision

The start of building your own firewood rack is pretty much the same as the book of Genesis from the Bible.  In the beginning, there was darkness.  You certainly have an end in mind but you’re unsure where to begin.

The ideal place to start is by envisioning what you want the rack to look like.  It will also help if you already pick out where you want it to go so you can include measurements and dimensions in your design.  The last thing you want to happen is to have a charming and beautiful end product that doesn’t fit.  So to avoid wasting time and money, consider the location when planning.

There are a lot of resources available online for different designs that you can use as inspiration.  If you’re more of a kinesthetic person, you can opt to go to the nearest store and do some window shopping.

Once you have the design set, the rest of the build will be easier.

The Materials

Firewood racks can be made from different types of wood or other materials.  You can bring your design to a hardware or DIY shop to get help for the most appropriate building materials.  Certain woods don’t work well for some climates or temperature so you will need to factor this in when buying what you need.

Inexpensive wood like untreated hemlock fir is easy to find but does not stand well against the elements.  If you choose this, you may need to buy some deck stain for added protection.

One of the best options available is western red cedar. It is available at most hardware stores at an affordable price. It is already dry so there won’t be movement in the structure as it is not liable t shrink.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help at the store to get the wood that is both affordable and sturdy.  The World Wide Web is also a great resource to get you started.

Aside from wood, you can also use other materials such as corrugated metal and plastic.

Before leaving the stores, be sure to purchase everything you need from nails and glue to paint brushes and stains.

The Build

  1. When building your firewood rack, it is best to start at the base. This will make attaching the rest of the design much easier. You can combine the use of nails and glue for a sturdier foundation. Make sure to check if all bolts are connected properly to avoid any accidents once you add the other elements.
  2. You can install the uprights once you have the base built. To make it an easier task, mark the base to remember where the verticals are supposed to go.  This way you avoid skewed uprights sp there will be no need to redo anything.  Be sure to add braces for additional stability and support.
  3. The last thing you need to attach is the top or cover (that is if your design includes it).
  4. You can then complete your firewood rack with sealer, stain or any other finish you prefer.

A DIY Firewood Rack is a great way to store your wood so you can continue to enjoy a warm fire with the family.

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