Building a no-tools-needed firewood rack

A stable, strong, easily-movable, cheap firewood rack is a thought-provoking project.  This is what i have used for years and it works extremely well.

It holds a face-cord of heavy, wet wood with no problem and is very stable.
This is what you need:
     2 or 3 concrete blocks
     2 landscape timbers
     2 2x4s  - 8 or 10 footers cut in half.
total material cost about 15 bucks

I think the pics say it all but some tips:
  - place 2 concrete blocks holes up on a stable surface,  3 if support needed in center (not often).
  - place timbers across outside edges of blocks
  - place 2x4 pieces in holes in blocks.  If on dirt put a few
    small rocks in holes first to help drain water from 2x4' ends. 
  - its designed so the 2x4's are leaning out at the top. it's
    very strong like this. if you find the 2x4s are spread too wide, you
can tap them closer together on a full rack as there is not that much weight on them.  the last pic shows my new double rack. one more block but 4 less 2x4 pieces and stronger because of center blocks. if you enlarge the last pic, you can really see how much weight this set-up will hold. and i could put a lot more on it but its over my head..hahah
If you have any doubts about whether or not this works like i say, just read a few comments from other members, real people just telling it like it is.

I cut a piece of plastic tarp about 4' wide and 10' long to cover wood... i take a couple of holed bricks and tie lite 3' rope from one to the other and lay over tarped ends to keep tarp on in wind.  all of this works really well together. rack gets stronger with more wood and is very stable. everything comes apart to move to another spot or put in storage (or use for other projects). Rack is high enough off ground to blow leaves from underneath or spray for bugs. Its nice to be able to easily move a woodrack as sometimes the ground under it becomes unstable and the rack will lean.  Or sometimes you just find a better place and moving individual pieces is so much easier than moving the whole rack at once. One more thought: if you use 8' 2x4s, if you cut them in half at a 45 degree angle, you get more length and also the angle will help them drain at the top.
Update: i like to shoot pellet rifles and have a picnic table for shooting from and a nice rest. the end of the long firewood rack was in the way so i just put a "window" in it with a 2"x6" frame and now shoot thru the window 70' to my pellet trap...i love it..hahah
<p>Love this idea. Set one up in the back using pallet parts for ends. I got a cord on it. I realized I needed to out some blocks in the middle for support. My wife likes the fact that it hides the trailer that's behind it. I will be putting another on the other side of the yard soon.</p>
<p>Great and simple design. We just got a new place, and I needed a temporary wood rack for near the house. This design was a perfect fit. I had some leveling issues with the patio, and used some E Grade shingles to do it. Works great. </p>
<p>hi outoforder2day, glad you are giving it a try. you will find that it gets stronger and more stable as you add wood to it. good luck.</p>
Hello! It was simple to make and sturdy. I was able to fit a whole cord of wood. Thanks for saving us so much $$$!
<p>hi lianag1, glad you are having success. one thought: your end 2x4s are turned the wrong way. it might work that way but is stronger the other way.</p>
Super easy... Thank you so much. Gonna make an 8 footer this weekend... Dirt cheap.
<p>I have a question about the 2&quot; x 4&quot; end supports:</p><p>I have noticed that some are cut at the 45 degree angle and some are just cut straight. What are the pros and cons to both. They both look very stable, so is it just an aesthetic preference? Also, if you go with the 45 degree angle cut, is the part in the concrete block also cut at a 45 degree angle? Thanks for your answer.</p>
<p>hi briget, i cut the 2x4 tops at an angle just to keep water off. the bottoms are not cut. but i really dont think it matters much.</p>
I made 2 12'x6' units
<p>wow, Randy and Dave...you both make me grin....hahah....I never have thought about stacking that high,,,,whew.. are your stacks good and solid that high? this is breaking new ground for me so i dont know. but they sure look good and straight. hope both of you have a good, solid base. thanks for posting the pics, made my day..</p>
Got my fingers crossed
I made this rack yesterday. I spent about 28.00 in matierials at Lowes. It took about 15 minutes to set it up, including transporting the matierials to the setup area and leveling. I have filled it up. Seems very stable and I have the wood stacked at least 7 ft. high. I am very satisfied with the way it turned out and I am planning on making one, and perhaps two more.
absolutely!! as long as you are on a stable surface and for 12' long have a center block for support. i also like the longer racks as you have more room for size separation and selection. put up a pic when you finish, would like to see it.
Im gonna make 2 12' long racks with 5 cinder blocks on each one.
I plan on making this about 12 feet long or maybe longer...seems like shouldn't matter how long right?
<p>I used spam cans cut in half to top the end pieces. They fit a standard 2 x 4 just perfect without trimming, and should keep the top ends dry and rot proof.</p>
hahahh...thats great. sounds like a zero-cost, last-forever tweak.
<p>Fantastic idea! Finally got around to putting together one of my own and so far it's working out great. This is about 1/4 cord so far but I expect the rack will easily take another 1/8 cord.</p>
hi, i looked at your pic and i think you have the end 2x4's going the wrong way...the 4&quot; part of the 2x4 should be going the same way as the bottom pieces. look at other pics or mine.
<p>Yes, I unfortunately realised this right after I had loaded with about 1/2 the wood. Not going to take it apart just yet but once I've burned through the wood I'll make the necessary changes.</p>
<p>well, at least you are aware of your mistake. but you know the old saying....a job well done is a joy forever. why not take 15 minutes to correct it and post a pic of your nicely done woodrack.</p>
<p>love an idea that is so simple that I slap my own forehead and say,&quot;why did I not thimk of that&quot;</p>
Right alongside you Bobby. Holy crap, this is a super awesome and sturdy firewood rack. Thanks so much for the nice details and pics. Now, where is the vote button on this one?
<p>Excellent instructions and voila, I made one too! I put a mixture of pebbles and sand inside the base of the cinder blocks to provide better drainage for the uprights. The toughest part was sawing the uprights in half with a hand saw. I do not have a power saw. I have the wood pile covered with a slate gray tarp and we are ready for the rain and the cold! </p>
<p>Forgot to say, Thank You, classof56!</p>
<p>hi qwiltie, glad you had success. and i always appreciate new little tweaks to make this simple setup better...the gravel is a good idea. looks like you have plenty of room for more faaaarwood...hahah</p>
<p>I'm a single and 50-ish woman. Made three of these easy-peasy. Love it! Thanks for the great idea!</p>
<p>you for sure are welcome. mine are almost full now and standing tall and strong.</p>
Thanks for this awesome idea. Ordered a cord of oak yesterday then realized I didn't have a place for it! Found this online and whipped it together this am with some help from my five year old daughter! Was a snap to put together, despite doing it in -25 degree Canadian winter. Hardest part was clearing the snow from the space!
<p>Hi Grither, glad you and your 5-year-old helper got the project done. And it sure sounds chilly there! Stay warm and enjoy the rack, its worth a grin each time you see it.</p>
<p>This is a great idea! I went out the same day I saw it and got materials to build two racks. I used 8' 4x4s instead of landscape timbers and didn't put any supports in the middle. Works wonderfully! I also laid out 4 bricks under each cider block to serve as a base.</p><p>The only change I might make is to buy 10' 2x4s instead of the 8' that I bought. You lose some length to the portion that's in the block. That's my fault, of course, since you mention getting longer ones. </p>
<p>hi podom, yes, isnt it a pleasant surprise how nice this all works. and 4x4s do work great, just a bit more pricey. the bricks under the blocks is good for stability. i have very sandy soil so i also need to put down some flat slabs first so my racks dont lean over time. anyway, enjoy and keep on burning.</p>
<p>Loved the versatility and simplicity of these firewood racks!</p>
<p>Ah, nice pics...good job on the racks. nice separation. can i steal some of your little stuff? hahah</p>
exactly what I needed! Thanks a ton!
<p>yeah man, nice double!</p>
<p>This rack is awesome! I've looked at so many homemade and factory made ones. Nothing compares to the utility and price of this. Super strong, stable, easy to tear down and move, and costs very little! Sets up in literally a few minutes if your ground is level. I bought 3 cinder blocks for $1.08 each and already had some 2x4's and I used 4x4's I had laying around for the bottom rails. I admit I was a little skeptical about the stability and strength before I assembled it. Not anymore! I went back and picked up more blocks immediately after I stacked this one. Going to make 4 more!! We have a lot of kids running around our yard and I can rest easy that it's not going to collapse (no playing/climbing on it of course). Plus I think it just looks neat :-) If anyone looking at this is hesitant about making one, just do it! You'll like it! Thanks for the idea, love it! </p>
hi flagjeep, i appreciate the upbeat comment. i never buy a product without reading comments. and i pride myself in feeling that i can tell the &quot;shills&quot; from the real, honest comments, whether good or bad. yours falls into that &quot;real&quot; category. one can tell that you have built it and are really satisfied with it and excited that you have found something that works for you and you are ready for more. thanks again and really good looking wood!
Love it! Worked beautifully. Easy to construct. Very stable and looks neat!
<p>its an easy, fun project, isnt it! glad you are enjoying it. soon we will be taking wood off instead of putting it on...hahah</p>
<p>Thanks for the idea, this is our first season having a wood stove and this was a great idea for the limited space we have to store the wood.</p>
<p>wow! you did good. looks like you are ready for a toasty winter season.</p>
<p>Brilliant! Now I can spend more on wood and not a rack. </p>
<p>Are you using pressure treated lumber ? I thought for frugalness using regular untreated -- could be easily replaced as it rots (if/when that occurs) ?</p>
<p>Loving these racks. I have just under two cords of green hardwood spread over 5 8ft racks (remainder of one of the cords is in a shed with another full cord). I placed three of the racks on the bottom of a hillside in my yard, which required some planning and foresight (and trial by error :-) to account for possible settling and leaning. The front one is 8ft, and about 2ft behind it, higher up on the hill, I have a 16footer. </p><p>I have three other racks, and these are on flat ground (one of the racks is awaiting some more wood that is coming soon). They are lined up together and I used the space in between them to store the smaller 'fire-starter' wood. </p><p>Because stability is paramount to us (too many small children running around the yard during family gatherings), we decided to use three cinder blocks for each 8 ft length (especially since our wood is very heavy and green hardwood). We also decided (okay, my wife demanded :-) to cap the height at around 4 feet, so we just cut 8ft 2 x 4s in half (eliminates wastage too). </p><p>These racks are very, very stable, especially in this configuration. As Clasof56 notes, you can also stack it higher in the middle without losing stability. I've done that on the 16ft rack (shhhhh ... don't tell my wife) and it is still very stable and solid. I still have room on a couple of the racks for more wood, which as noted earlier is on its way. </p>
<p>Swordword, what a nice set-up you made. and a nice artistic flair makes it more than just piles of wood. so glad you found the idea and made it your own.</p>
<p>I made four of these racks 8' long and used 6' 2x4's for the ends. I put a 2x6 under the cinder blocks as the ground is fairly unstable. How far apart should the racks be? I only have a foot between them as I figure I'll empty the outside one's first. Is that enough space to allow air drying? So two of these the size I built would be a cord of wood correct? Thanks for this idea, it is so simple and can be moved so easily. </p>
<p>yes, for a true sized cord 4x4x8 you would probably need two of these racks. maybe less as you have taller end posts. the main consideration is always the stablility of where you set them up so a 2x6 on the ground is very helpful. and of course access to your stacks is important. you can make single racks or double racks or racks at right angles to each other or racks radiating from a center point...all up to your room available and needs. i have a couple with a foot between them and they dry nicely. but i still like the double length ones as i have the room. glad you are having fun with them!!</p>

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