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    Firewood rack

    I know there are a few threads already about firewood racks, but I didnt want to pile on the end of someone elses.

    I did pick up some ideas from other posts. Especially one from App-Ironworksllc that had some good discussion of materials and methods.

    Here are a couple of pictures of one Im finishing up. I am adding some dividers in both sections that my friend thought of after I thought I was done. Those uprights will bolt into place.

    Each section is 10 long, 18 wide. I used 11g rectangle tube 1x1 1/5 for the bottom shelves and 14g for the top rails. I used 1 1/2 and 2 angle iron mostly that I had in my scrap pile. All the steel is powder coated.

    I expect you will have lots of suggestions for improvement but he and I are well pleased with it.

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    Re: Firewood rack

    I like the simplicity.. Looks great I think..

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    Re: Firewood rack

    Nice,
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    Re: Firewood rack

    Looks plenty stout and functional to me. Sometimes these racks can look like they don't belong, but not this one. Good job
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    Nice work! Aesthetically pleasing and functional.
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    Re: Firewood rack

    Good design I like it! Holding tarps down is a pita. I’m thinking about doing something similar

    Id overhang the roof little more if I did this design

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    Re: Firewood rack


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    ^ ^ ^ - Your design is good enough to poach . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by wb4rt View Post
    I am adding some dividers in both sections . . .
    Those uprights will bolt into place . . .

    Each section is 10 long, 18 wide . . .

    I expect . . . suggestions . . .
    10' long x 18" wide is deceiving - it has big shoulder
    proportions - and attention to detail . . .

    Consider your work Garden Architecture. If you are a
    wood/burning/connoisseur - consider cubicles for the
    different woods types you maintain e.g. Pitch Kindling,
    thru the Big Burn . . .

    It's utility presents well, think of your build - as a Wood
    Pantry . . .


    hth


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    Re: Firewood rack

    As others have said, this is a great design. I agree with Moto in that the roof may need to be a bit wider. I also agree with Opus that this design is worth poaching as well as the addition of vertical segmentation for various types or sizes of wood.

    Have you thought of a way to make the design easily repeatable and then marketable?
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    Re: Firewood rack

    The angle iron at the ends of the bottom tubes--I would orient them the other way, so the angle faces down instead of up. As you can see already in the pics, stuff accumulates in the pockets formed. Right now it's dirt, but when you load these up with firewood, bark chips and other debris will collect there. They will soak up rainwater and eventually cause rust. I also agree the roof is way too small to provide any protection from rain. Some sort of covering on the sides and ends would be worth their weight in water, if not gold.

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    Re: Firewood rack

    Very nice

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    Re: Firewood rack

    Very nice design! I've been wanting to do something simple like that behind my garage for my firewood pile. I've got a 16 foot by 6 foot pile of wood 4 ft tall in the back. Tarps are getting annoying to use especially once the snow comes.
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    Re: Firewood rack

    I like the use of wood in the build. It makes it something that actually looks "designer" in the yard. Mixing materials can be quite elegant.

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    Re: Firewood rack

    Thanks for the encouraging comments.

    I was concerned about the amount of roof overhang but eventually settled on a 2” overhang. Mostly it just seemed to fit the plan since his wood is 20-24” so 27” overhang should be ok. I’m sure the ends will get some blowing rain, but I was also concerned about him hitting his head on the edge of the roof. I had a fear of him getting wood in the dark, bending over, and slicing a big gash. Keeping less overhang should help I hope. Of course I could have widened the post and kept the 18” rail spacing by using longer ends. Hard to think of everything.

    Good point about turning the end angles down to avoid dirt/bark accumulating. I never thought about that.

    As far as repeatability and marketing, that is easy enough by adjusting the tube lengths and then match the top rail length. But this was a fairly expensive project for materials and powder coating. They are heavy so shipping would be a concern. I’m sure some people are willing to pay a fair price, but then another guy will cheapen the materials and beat my price. I’m not really planning to promote this, but certainly would take orders. Like everything else, the first one is hard and slow, but build a few jigs and you could crank them out. I could see selling as a DIY project where they buy post locally and assemble. Hmmm, maybe I need to give this more thought.

    Again, I appreciate your time and comments. Feel free to use the idea and improve it for your firewood!
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    Re: Firewood rack

    Very nice.

    The only downside I see is the middle
    Roof section.

    I imagine it funneling a large amount of rain water down onto the firewood.

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    I really like the look of metal and wood and also metal and stone. That really came out nice letting the one material accent the other. Great job.

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    Re: Firewood rack

    I made my smoker wood racks out of pallets.

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    Re: Firewood rack

    Quote Originally Posted by John T View Post
    Very nice.

    The only downside I see is the middle
    Roof section.

    I imagine it funneling a large amount of rain water down onto the firewood.

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    Well John, actually we have had several heavy rains and he reports the wood is staying very dry. Im a little surprised how dry, but Im glad it is. I think the roof ribs are directing the water out and away.


    Here is an updated picture. I added dividers as suggested and I think that is an improvement. Allows him to sort or divide the wood and adds strength to the roof rails. He painted the posts which makes the whole thing blend into the trees.

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    Re: Firewood rack

    I kind of like it but I need a lot more wood than he does. I would need about 8 of those. To me it makes more sense to make them as tall as possible without going crazy. A 6ft stack works well for me. I really should build a building for my fire wood. I have 12 of those 300 gallon bins full of wood plus 2 6ft high by 12ft long racks plus 4 stacks 5ftx 8ft . Plus I have about a cord or so that I still need to split and stack. I figure I have enough wood for 2 winters but I am toying with the idea of selling budles of firewood for campfires. $10 a bundle adds up pretty fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wb4rt View Post
    Well John, actually we have had several heavy rains and he reports the wood is staying very dry. Im a little surprised how dry, but Im glad it is. I think the roof ribs are directing the water out and away.


    Here is an updated picture. I added dividers as suggested and I think that is an improvement. Allows him to sort or divide the wood and adds strength to the roof rails. He painted the posts which makes the whole thing blend into the trees.

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    Painting the posts was a good call. Looks awesome.
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