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post #1 of 8 Old 02-24-2014, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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Firewood Rack

Hey guys, I'm planning on building a firewood rack to hold about a 1/2 cord of wood (We don't have that much space and it doesn't get too cold). I'm thinking something along these lines :

(Source: Popular Mechanics)

My main questions are:
1. What type of wood? Treated construction lumber?
2. How should I finish it?

It's going to be covered with a tarp, so it doesn't need to look fancy. Just functional. But since I have some room to screw up, I think I might try some through mortise and tenons.

Do you guys have any other tips/tricks/things to be aware of with this? Thanks!

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Couple of things. PT would last longer. Tarp over the top allows for air movement through wood stack. Tarp does not need to cover sides completely. If possible, get 2" x 8" x 16" solid concrete blocks to put under wood posts that would touch the ground. Possibly a set under the horizontals to keep them from bowing down. To help the uprights, string a cable across the tops of them to brace them.

Some of these are over kill, but that's the way I am.

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Does that rack have a floor on it or is the wood just stacked on the ground between the frame? It it were me and it was just going to be stacked on the ground, I'd add a couple more horizontals (on edge) on the interior for the wood to be stacked on. That way you'd get airflow all around your stack and wouldn't have any rot on the bottom layer. Might even want to add a couple of boards perpendicular to the bottom boards to prevent any warping/bowing from the long horizontals. I'd also add the concrete blocks that Civilian mentioned.

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wood should sit on the horizontals to keep it off the ground.

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wood should sit on the horizontals to keep it off the ground.

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I was looking too close at the drawing and didn't even look at the dimensions. The drawing shows them between the horizontals, but that would make for some short pieces at less than 13" long.

I'd still add in a couple of cross pieces between the horizontals to keep them from warping too much.

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Made out of wood I think you will have trouble with the ends bending outward. I made a few with wooden ends and finally started using tubular steel welded to a piece of angle iron to screw to the base of it.
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Made out of wood I think you will have trouble with the ends bending outward. I made a few with wooden ends and finally started using tubular steel welded to a piece of angle iron to screw to the base of it.
That is the reason for the cable across the top. Or a 2x or two.

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Thanks for the feedback guys.

I'll go with pressure treated wood and have it sit on concrete blocks, like you said, Civilian.

For the ends bowing outward, I considered using Simpson Strong Ties, but I think that a bit overkill and it's extra money that doesn't need to be spent. I think some cable or 2Xs across the top will be the way I go with this.

Anything special I need to do to stain/seal the PT wood?
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