How to Make a Covered Storage Rack for Firewood


Building a firewood storage rack involves bit of woodwork and measurement to be successful. The process only involves basic tools that anyone can obtain at a hardware store, including wood materials and supplies. The most complicated part of the process will likely be deciding how big a rack you want to build. Once complete, a firewood rack keeps fireplace wood dry and ventilated, ready to be pulled and put on the fireplace as necessary.

Things You'll Need

  • 10 - 2-inch by 4-inch pretreated or pressure-treated, straight lumber beams
  • Wood stain
  • Varnish
  • 2 paintbrushes
  • Measuring tape
  • Table saw
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Wood screws
  • Power drill
  • Drill bit sized for the bolts
  • 1/4-inch thick nuts and bolts
  • Crescent wrenches
  • 2 - 4-foot by 8-foot plywood sheets
  • Apply wood stain and varnish to the various beams with a paintbrush if you can’t find pre-treated lumber.

  • Use a measuring tape to measure the dimensions of the firewood rack space you have available to build a 4-foot by 6-foot rack.

  • Cut the width and length of the beams to build a 4-foot by 6-foot rectangle rack frame. Nail the cut beams together with nails and a hammer to make the base of your wood rack. Once constructed, reinforce the rectangle at the corners by inserting wood screws with a power drill.

  • Place an upright beam 5 feet tall at each corner. Use wood screws to attach it flat to the long-side base beams in the rectangle, tucked into the four corners. Use the table saw to cut four pieces of 2-inch by 4-inch beam wood to a length of 1 foot each. Cut the edges again at a 45-degree angle so it forms a diagonal brace beam. Place the small pieces against each vertical beam to act as a brace. Use wood screws to attach the small pieces to the base frame and beams.

  • Build a 4-foot by 6-foot top rectangle to complete the firewood rack frame using the 2-inch by 4-inch beams. Drill holes in the upper rectangle after lining it up horizontally with the top of the vertical beams. Bolt the rectangle frame to the top of the vertical beams via the holes and nuts and bolts. Tighten the hardware with crescent wrenches.

  • Use the table saw to cut a plywood sheet to a measurement of 4 feet by 6 feet in size. Place the cut flat panel over the top of the 4-foot by 6-foot frame. Nail it to the top of the rectangle base to keep it from moving or blowing off. Cut a second panel using the same sizing as the top lid. Turn the rack over on its top. Nail the second sheet to the bottom of the rack. Turn the construction right-side up again once the bottom platform is installed.

  • Load up the new rack with firewood once it is moved into place where it will sit.

Tips & Warnings

  • Choose wood beams from the bottom of the hardware store pallet rather than the most immediate ones loose and on the top of the pallet. Try to get straight ones that still have weight on them from the other lumber and so haven't warped yet.
  • Position the firewood rack away from any heat sources. Even external wood can heat up and catch fire given enough time.

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