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Old 04-15-2010, 12:23 AM
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I searched but didn’t find anything on this subject.

I wish to get my firewood up off the ground and been thinking about either building a firewood rack holder from 2x4s, ply wood etc, or purchasing a metal one that holds an American cord. There seems to be a few worthy manufactured ones with canvas like covers, but looks can be deceiving.

Does anyone have an opinion of these two options?

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Keep it simple with cinder blocks and 4x4s.
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We just stack on pallets with some pallets tied off around the sides and back with baling twine. We generally use about 4 cords a year.
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My father-in-law has an almost perfect set up. He just placed two treated landscaping timbers 12 inches apart to keep the wood off the ground, drove a T post at each end to hold it up and places a piece of tin over the top to keep it dry. Scrap metal of diffrent types (steel rim, old flywheel, broken tractor parts) to keep the tin from blowing off. This way you can stack it around chest high and as long as you want.
He has several rows (about 5) on each side of the splitting shed. He burns up one side he begins filling up the other side starting with the row fartherst from the shed. They heat using a small soapstone wood stove and works through about a row each winter. This allows time for the wood to season before burning and keeps him for having to spend a lot of time cutting wood.
Picking up whats left after a storm helps keep from spending every weekend cutting wood and it also helps keep an extra stack or two for bartering or selling for some quick cash.
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Cover the top but keep sides open for air flow to dry your wood. Don't cover with plastic as that will keep the moisture in.
I stack on pallets then use forks on my FEL to lift up on the porch. Course you need a tractor for that.
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I stack on pallets also for outside. I do have a metal/wood holder inside the house I got from Home Depot. They sell you the ends and you use 2x4 for the base so you can make it whatever length you want. I put plywood on the base over the 2x4 so smaller pieces wouldn't fall through.
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Wood racks don't have to be fancy. This is mine. I tie a tarp over it during the winter.

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we make a 12" x 8' frame of treated 2x4's and up t-posts driven into the ground on the end to support the cord. We also run wire from t-post to t-post the length of the pile before we start stacking to give support to the posts so that the weight of the wood doesn't make the posts lean outwards. We cover the top with tarps but leave them loose so air can circulate around the stack. We've got about 36' of wood stacked 4' tall along our fence line this way. Works great.
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My family use T post or fence post to hold up the ends. We then throw any type of wood such as 2x4s or deck boards on the ground for the wood to sit on. We also keep some firewood in the garage that we burn and refill so we don't have to go outside every time for more wood. We bought brackets similar to these then you can take as long of 2x4s you want to run the long way. I also suggest adding 2x4s on 3 sides of the top (The two narrow sides and the back long way to prevent the rack from breaking). We have used it for the last 5 years without any trouble.
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I use these brackets and 2x4's you don't really need brackets but the break down for easy storage
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I made mine with 3 landscape timbers and a 8 foot piece of pipe.

Cut one timber into 4 equal parts to use as cross feet.

Saw the pipe into 4 equal pieces. Drill holes big enough for the pipe to go through on the ends of the landscape timbers.

Since I had these parts lying around from other jobs, it cost nothing.
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I built 2x4 holders in order to keep some dried wood ready to go when bad weather makes going to my bigger supply a hassle. Hers what it looks like as well as the stacks in the car port.
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Originally Posted by MattB4 View Post
I built 2x4 holders in order to keep some dried wood ready to go when bad weather makes going to my bigger supply a hassle. Hers what it looks like as well as the stacks in the car port.
That's a serious pile of wood.

How about a couple of pics of your stove set-up
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Originally Posted by 6556 View Post
That's a serious pile of wood.

How about a couple of pics of your stove set-up
Not all that much, about 3 cords. The amount on the deck is a little less than a Rick. There are 3 ricks to a cord.
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Anyone who actually burns wood to heat a home will use about 3 full cords a year (4X4X8 feet stack -- generally broken down into 3 rows of 16" wood which are called "face cord" in our neck of the woods).

Simple is best. Plop a few landscape timbers down and stack on them. Raising wood too high off the ground just leaves more room for difficult to manage pests that depending on where one lives can run from snakes to skunks to possum to ground hog or rat.

For outdoor storage, a corn crib sort of an enclosure seems to work great, as the open slats allow for good air drying yet providing some cover from snow or moisture. A simple lean-to roof from tin can also work.

I actually prefer indoor storage if one has the basement set up for a wood furnace and can afford the room. Line the top edges of the room with tin to deter bugs from getting into the woodwork, and otherwise, lay in 3-5 full cord for the winter. If one lives in snow country, that is the best way to go.

I'll have to dig up a picture from our wood pile... Ever see 100+ cords piled in the back yard? We used to supply some of the major garden centers in the Milwaukee area with their wood for sale.
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