Whether you heat your home entirely with firewood or you only enjoy an occasional fire one thing remains the same, you need a convenient, well designed place to store your firewood until it’s ready to be used.
Sadly, even though we’ve all seen it before, throwing wood into a pile in the lawn is not a good way to store firewood. Firewood that lays on the ground is exposed to insects, mold and moisture, all things that ruin good firewood.
In fact, you would be amazed how much moisture a piece of wood can soak up just by laying on the ground. Firewood that’s stored on a rack elevates the wood off the ground allowing air to circulate around the wood which reduces its overall moisture content.
So now that we’ve determined it’s important to store your firewood on a rack there’s only one decision left to make. Do you buy a firewood rack or build one yourself?
If you’re fairly handy with power tools and feel comfortable building basic 2×4 projects, constructing your own firewood rack is a great option. A homemade firewood rack is cheaper than a commercial model and it allows you to customize the size and shape to meet your needs.
A homemade firewood rack can be built out of almost any material, but a 2×4 construction using treated lumber is usually the most popular.
Since the wood rack will be stored outdoors, using treated lumber will protect it against the weather and ensure your hard work will last for many years.
The next step is to determine the size of the rack you want to make. Your homemade rack can be any size, but an 8 foot long by 4 foot high rack is very popular. A rack with these dimensions will hold a face cord of firewood which is a measurement of firewood recognized by many people.
You can also make the firewood rack longer if you want to hold more wood. Just purchase longer 2×4’s which are also available in 10 foot and 16 foot lengths.
Although you can extend the length of the wood rack, don’t construct it any higher than 4 feet tall. A wood rack taller than 4 feet has the potential to become unstable.
To construct your homemade firewood rack you need a few basic tools:
– Enough 2×4’s to create your desired project
– A hand saw or chop saw to cut the 2×4’s
– A tape measure
– Outdoor nails or screws depending on your preference
That’s basically all the tools you need to make your own homemade firewood rack!
If you need a firewood rack this year, consider building one yourself. Not only will it help protect your firewood, but it will give you a sense of pride and accomplishment.