How to Build a Firewood Rack
Here are plans for an easy to build modular wooden firewood rack.
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Firewood Rack Plans
This small firewood stand project has numerous photos, a materials assembly sketch, step by step assembly instructions, photos, and suggestions for saving time handling your firewood. Please note; there are some "tricks" in this design to achieve a strong rack, the photos below do not tell the whole story!
For more firewood rack photos and a page that will probably load a little slow, please see: My Firewood Rack
Reviews of competitive designs
In the future I hope I can provide you with a tabular analysis of several other firewood rack designs; hopefully a thorough comparative review.
Wooden outdoor firewood rack
Build this wooden outdoor firewood rack from the plans at a very low cost. It is modular, and breaks down ( fold up ) and stores in a very small space (second photo above). The wooden firewood stand is constructed using treated 2" x 4"s and 2" x 2" deck baluster lumber. The 2" x 2"s eliminate any long "rip" cuts and facilitate fastening materials together.
To construct this firewood rack design you will need a saw, drill, screwdriver, and some 3" wood screws. Make one or several wood rack (s), any size you need, just by cutting the two 2 x 4 bottom rails to whatever length necessary. The rails slide into the two identical uprights to form the firewood storage rack. The materials for the 8' firewood stand will cost about $20. I have an eight foot "face cord" firewood rack set up in winter and a two foot firewood stand setup for spring through fall. (Recently I bought two 2 x 4 x 12' for a 12 foot rack on my deck). It is dangerous, but if you setup several two foot firewood racks you can trundle them around using a hand truck (very heavy). This facilitates storing the wood well away from your home but allows bringing small amounts (1/4 face cord) close without restacking (Yeah!). This firewood rack, being made out of wood, will not generate rust stains on your deck or patio! You do not have to keep it painted and it stores away in a compact space out of sight! I am sorry the free firewood rack plans are no longer available. The large number of downloads was using up a lot of the website's bandwidth.
Features of the rack
One eight foot firewood rack, the default size used in the plans, will hold 1/3 cord of firewood. You will need to build three racks to hold a full cord. Use the "How To" for as many racks as you need and modifying them for a larger or smaller rack size is very easy.
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Firewood Rack How To Link to Plans
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The design of this firewood rack has all wood screws loaded in "shear" for strength. No screws are oriented so they might pull out of end grain. The firewood rack is designed to be loaded with wood and should be broken down when not in use. Nothing to unscrew just pull out some safety locking pins (screws in holes) and slide apart.
Some links and notes on firewood:
A cord of firewood is a tightly stacked pile of wood that measures 4' by 4' by 8', more accurately 128 cubic feet. There is no other legal measure, but I have used the term face cord above to mean a pile of closely stacked wood that when viewed and measured appears to be 4 feet high by 8 feet long. You cannot tell how deep the stack is. If the wood was cut in 16" lengths it would take 3 face cords to equal one full cord (3 x 16" = 48" = 4' deep).
New Mexico Fuel Wood Facts a nice PDF about buying firewood
I have a brave friend, he ordered a cord of wood delivered and stacked. He paid extra for the stacking. Once the delivery and stacking was completed but while the supplier was still there, my friend with the help of the supplier measured the wood pile. It seemed it measured 7 1/2' by 3 3/4' by 3 3/4'. 7.5 * 3.75 * 3.75 = 105.5 cubic feet. He ordered a cord; 128 cubic feet at $120 before stacking. He now offered to pay 105.5/128*$120.0= $98.91 quite a savings. He was fully justified in doing this, but it could be risky to your health.
Some other links and alternative wood rack (s):
Woodhaven Firewood Rack A metal rack.
Ornamental Firewood Racks Wrought Iron racks.
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