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Building a no-tools-needed firewood rack A stable, strong, easily-movable, cheap firewood rack is a thought-provoking project. Building a no-tools-needed firewood rack A stable, strong, easily-movable, cheap firewood rack is a thought-provoking project. So I have a full cord of wood arriving soon and wanted to ask how many of these will I need to hold the entire cord of wood?
I solved my own firewood outdoor storage problem recently by building three outdoor firewood racks in one using the actual split firewood and salvaged oak 4-by-6s that came in a shipping crate.
Salvaged wood beams for a project like this can often be found at trucking companies or businesses that ship and receive granite, stone or marble. Frequently homeowners underestimate the weight of firewood, especially if it's a dense hardwood like oak or locust. The primary purpose of the firewood racks I've seen is to create support at the ends of the pile and a level surface off the ground so the wood doesn't contact the soil. I take similar-sized split pieces of firewood and use them at each end of the pile to create a stacked structure that retains the weight of the wood next to it. In the winter, being close to the building means less time out in the cold when fetching wood. In the summer, whenever wood is stacked up, it will help shade the building to keep it cooler. In South Carolina mildew can be a bit of a problem so allowing enough space to maintain proper air flow is essential. I have some unused galvanized metal pipes and wanted to incorporate them into the firewood rack design.


I have two already, but last year I had some problems getting to the main pile in my back yard.
This is why you frequently see the firewood rack glamour shot with the rack resting on a concrete, brick or blacktop surface. I used 4-foot-long 4-by-6s to make level, or nearly level stacking platforms for my firewood. The short wood beams in my homemade firewood rack provide plenty of space for air circulation at the base of the pile of wood. I've discovered over the years that fires seem to burn best when you throw on pieces of wood that are not too much larger than the diameter of the fat end of a baseball bat. All you have to do is place the first row of the wood perpendicular across the large flat 4-by-6s that are set parallel and spaced about 14 inches on center. The weight of the firewood can bend the bottom supports of the factory-made firewood racks if they don't have solid support. Based on last year, I figure I need wood to burn for five months with three months being especially cold. It took about 15 minutes to set it up, including transporting the matierials to the setup area and leveling. I've searched pretty exhaustively, and the photos of every firewood log rack I've seen show it on level ground or a driveway. If the rack was placed on soil, the weight of the wood very likely would drive the legs of the rack into wet or damp soil.
The advantage of using shorter lengths of the wood beams becomes clear when you see how little you have to lift the downhill end to make it level. I use the actual split firewood at the ends of the pile to provide the necessary support so gravity doesn't cause the wood to tumble off the pile as it gets higher.


Split wood also dries and cures faster, so you might as well split the wood before you stack it so it's ready to use when you want to burn it.
Often a medium-sized piece of split wood that is placed perpendicular across the end of the first step of the wood beams is enough height to set the next step of the homemade firewood storage platform. Always stand at the end of the rack and look at the pile as you build it to make sure the wood is always centered over the wood beams.
You may think the soil is plenty strong when dry, but after a rainfall your firewood rack and all the wood in it may be scattered on the ground after it collapses. This is what you need: 2 or 3 concrete blocks 2 landscape timbers 2 2x4s - 8 or 10 footers cut in half. Or, if there's another way to solve this firewood storage rack inexpensively (money is really tight right now), I'd be grateful. The firewood that is placed between these two end structures can be all stacked the same direction perpendicular to the run of the wood beams.
I am very satisfied with the way it turned out and I am planning on making one, and perhaps two more. One more thought: if you use 8' 2x4s, if you cut them in half at a 45 degree angle, you get more length and also the angle will help them drain at the top. Update: i like to shoot pellet rifles and have a picnic table for shooting from and a nice rest.



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