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How to Build a Firewood Rack

Here are plans for an easy to build modular wooden firewood rack.

Some much appreciated testimonials, originals on file!  Thanks!

To: bob at bobshowto.com    10/18/2004
Subject: RE: Question about the Firewood Rack How-To - Built and loaded 4 this weekend

Just wanted to pass along that your design worked flawlessly.
I got 10' 2x4s so I could do the uprights at 5' and I widened the design from 1'to 14". I now have four of them loaded with firewood, one in front of the other, in my 8x8 lean-to woodshed and they fill the available space perfectly. I would not go any higher than 5 ft though - you are right, loading can be a bear at higher levels!

Andy Rathgeber

To: bob at bobshowto.com
Subject: buy yourself a cold one
I’ve dropped a fin in the collection plate.  I used your firewood rack plan to fashion up a couple racks.  Very simple, could have designed it from scratch, but why bother when somebody else has already done the suffering for you?

To: bob at bobshowto.com
Subject: firewood rack - donation
Thank you for the plans. The firewood rack went together very nicely. I
built two. They are in service in my garage. How do I send a donation?
Wichita, KS

Please check out the sample Kitchen Jar Opener plans!

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!

A view of the 8 foot firewood rack on my deck  The 8 foot rack "broken down" ready for storage  A 2 foot firewood rack, great for spring, summer, and fall The 2 foot rack with wood ready for transport with a hand truck

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

  • Wooden, so no rust stains!
  • Very strong.
  • No plastic to degrade in the sun.
  • Any size rack (s).
  • Disassembles for storage.
  • No long rip cuts, build with just a hand saw.
  • Uses low cost 2 x 2, and 2 x 4 lumber only.
  • Elevates firewood, nothing frozen to ground.
  • Easy to trim grass around elevated wood stack.
  • Makes nesting of mice and wasps less likely.
  • Purchase and store the plans on your PC now.
  • Print plans with your printer.
  • Build two 12 foot racks and stack a cord!
  • 8 Ft. rack uses five 2 x 4's, one 2 x 2, and 3" deck screws.
  • Easier to build than other "Free Plans".
  • Cheaper to build than other "Free Plans".

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.

Opening and saving the "How To":

I like to keep things simple, once your purchase (NOW FREE!) is completed you will be returned directly to the Firewood Rack Plans.  You can use your browser's "File" or "Page", "Save As" or "Save Page As", function to make your own personal copy of this "How To" web page.  This copy will include the "How To" document with pictures.  No PDF file viewer is required, just your browser.  Please do use your "Save As" function, the "How To" page may no longer exist if you try to return.  This introductory page will always remain.

In the “Save Webpage” dialog box please use option:
Save as type:” and select
Webpage, complete (*.htm, *.html)”.  (For IE)

When you use the "Save As" feature of your browser a new folder is created with all the pictures and anything associated with the write up. This folder will be called:
"BobsHowTo_com - Fold Up Firewood Rack How To_files".

In the directory above this folder is an HTML document called:
"BobsHowTo_com - Fold Up Firewood Rack How To".

You can use your Browser’s “File” “Open” function, then click “Browse” and you will find the HTML document as named above. If you double click on this file and then click “Open” you should see the copy of the write up that is on your computer.

If you have any problems please email me at Bob at BobsHowTo.com using @ in place of the word "at".  I do this to avoid spam e-mailers from automatically recording my email address, Sorry for the inconvenience!  The Log Rack Plans page may take as much as 90 seconds to open at 46.6 modem speed.  Once open, use your "Save As" function to save the entire "How To".  

The current price for the How To is; FREE!  I apologize to my many past purchasers, but there's so much competition these days and I believe mine is the best design out there!  So ads or donations will have to do, Thanks!

Firewood Rack How To  Link to Plans

At this time the "How To" will open in your browser.  Please use the "Save As" instructions above to retain a copy of the plans.  If you have a problem with the download drop me a line at Bob at BobsHowTo.com.  Please jot down what seemed to occur and I will try to help.

My Firewood rack plans produce a better rack at a lower cost (including the plans!). Bob 
Rutland Firestarter Specs.

 Also known as Seymour Fire Blox

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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