Ever thought about making your own fire wood storage rack? Creating a device that’s it the singular best way to store your logs ready for when they are needed? Get them off the ground and away from places they are just going to soak up moisture, in turn making them less likely to burn well and give off that amazing natural heat. Well, you are in luck because here I will be telling you the best way to accomplish this task in a step by step and easy to follow way.
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I created my own one due to the fact they are very expensive to buy outright. I found even trying to source a second hand one was very time consuming (not as much as making it though!). So I set myself the task of building my own. I should mention that in order to undertake this job you’ll need a bit of DIY know-how and be able to operate a welding machine safely. We don’t want anyone getting hurt!
Firstly we’ll use steel as our material of choice as its properties lend itself well to the structure we want to create. It doesn’t rust and is incredibly strong through its core, it won’t rot and will stand the test of time in even the harshest conditions. We want to design to be simple but effective at the same time, so you won’t be having to remake or re-weld after we’ve finished.
- So first we want to get the 3 long pieces of steel, I’d go for around 6ft lengths for the bottom “raft”
- Weld the 3 pieces together at the ends with a shorter steel, remembering to leave a 10cm gap between each long length. (this lets air through even to the bottom logs.
- Now you have the raft, we’ll weld a further 4 5ft steel lengths to the ends of the raft, 2 at each end. This forms the sides of the rack and keeps all the kiln dried logs from falling off the sides.
- When welding on the end posts, you need to leave about a 5-10 cm gap beneath the bottom “raft”, this acts as feet and ensures the raft does not sit on the ground directly. This way no moisture can seep up from the ground in an attempt to soak your precious logs.
- The end is simply to cover the top of the rack, you can do this with a simple piece of tarpaulin and a few bungee cords, or go for a more elaborate solution. It’s entirely up to you how far you want to go with that one.
So that’s us! That’s you made your very first firewood rack! This should be able to hold about 200 of standard cut logs. The amount is totally dependent on yourself and the dimensions above can be altered if you need to build a larger or smaller rack. The world is your oyster!
If you need firewood and logs, woodcall.com in Belfast is a great place to get them. They deliver direct to your door also. Can’t say fairer than that.
If you need more information on how to build a rack (less practical guide but still worthwhile) you can check out the wiki page here