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Old 07-24-2009, 10:10 AM   #1
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Default Anyone build a outdoor covered firewood rack?

I'm looking for ideas for a pretty good size firewood rack i want to build to store split wood over by the woods...

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Old 07-24-2009, 11:54 AM   #2
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Default Re: Anyone build a outdoor covered firewood rack?

Check out these guys, excellent forum for woodburning folks, they'll tel you how it should be done.
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Old 07-24-2009, 12:08 PM   #3
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Default Re: Anyone build a outdoor covered firewood rack?

I too need to brush up on that hearth site. What I have done the last few years is just leave the wood stacked on pallets uncovered all summer, in the spring and fall I cover only the top of the stack and winter I drape tarps over with bungee cords only after a # of dry days, as to not trap too much moisture under a tarp (bad). Works pretty good.
I have been thinking of a rack system with a roof only to keep air flow and to discourage animal nesting. (to some degree)
Also thinking a mini awning style rack where you could leave uncovered during summer and add appropriate sized tarps(not blue) when needed.
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Old 07-24-2009, 12:44 PM   #4
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Default Re: Anyone build a outdoor covered firewood rack?

I plan to build basically a miniature carport for my stacked split wood. 4x4 corner posts just set in some quickcrete at the corners, tied together with 2x6's. Slanted roof of corrugated metal. Just a bit of an overhang all around to keep the bulk of the rain out, but to allow the air to circulate. I like to season a full year before burning for best results and least build up within the chimney.

edit: I've found that "perfectly weatherproof" is overkill. In my opinion, you're just trying to ensure that the wood isn't being continually soaked (therefore my carport design) and isn't sitting on the ground.

Also, I like to divide my wood storage into smaller zones to make stacking less of an art. That way as you pull pieces it's not a game of Jenga (sp?) because each area of my storage is divided into about 1/2 cord.

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Old 07-24-2009, 12:57 PM   #5
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Default Re: Anyone build a outdoor covered firewood rack?

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I plan to build basically a miniature carport for my stacked split wood.
I have a 3 stall carport, 16x30. One stall is enclosed for lawn/garden type storage area, 2 open stalls that the previous owner had used for a wood cutting/storage area. My plans were to possibly concrete and enclose remainig area and use it for parking and/or storage.

Thanks to our April tornado one stall has once again been filled with firewood........10x16x6' of firewood.
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Old 07-24-2009, 01:58 PM   #6
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Default Re: Anyone build a outdoor covered firewood rack?

Here's a fast build I did a while back, holds a couple of face cords:
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Old 07-24-2009, 08:27 PM   #7
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Default Re: Anyone build a outdoor covered firewood rack?

Lean to off the house works well. My buddy has one setup that is 4ft x 16ft and it holds around 4 cords of wood, pretty much enough for a winter.

My folks just cord their wood out in the yard. They keep about 10 cords stocked there and 3-4 in the basement of the house and other 1-2 in the garage (house and garage heated with wood)

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Old 07-25-2009, 05:56 PM   #8
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Default Re: Anyone build a outdoor covered firewood rack?

Here's mine. I built it about 20 years ago and it still holding up pretty good. The post are 4x4's with 2x6 frame. Fairly easy to construct. It may be a bit small for what you need, but works for me. Here in SE Texas we don't use that much wood for keeping warm. The rack was built to store pecan, oak and mesquite for cooking.

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Old 07-25-2009, 10:22 PM   #9
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Default Re: Anyone build a outdoor covered firewood rack?

I just used 2x4s with some old left over tin I tore off an old shed I rebuilt, and 4x4 footings, looks like a carport. works great, used 2x4 railings and latice (sp?) on it to hold wood in.
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Old 07-27-2009, 08:46 AM   #10
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Default Re: Anyone build a outdoor covered firewood rack?

I built one this spring. 2' wide by 8' long, 6' high.

2x4x8's (5) 2 for each end and one in the middle on the back side.
2x6x10's (2) for the base
2x4x10's (2) for the supports on the back
1 Trap stappled on the back and folded over the top to cover the front.

Easy as pie...........
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