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Firewood rack using no tools

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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.
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.
christhi made it!18 days ago

Great idea! At first I have done it without tools. Then I have done some improvements to avoid the wood get wet.

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msteele6 made it!1 month ago

Took me longer to pick out the wood to use than it did to put together and stack the wood! Great solution to a problem I've had for a number of years. Excellent idea! THANKS!!!

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clasof56 (author)  msteele61 month ago

glad you found it useful. appreciate the comment. now a little tarp over it and you will always have nice dry wood.

rollermonkey3 months ago
Just made one yesterday for a facecord to beat the -7 weather. Great idea. Thanks!
Topsey Kretts3 months ago
Clever!
mbryan75 months ago
Amazing. Design perfection. Someone could wonder for weeks and not come up with this, thank god for the internet.
jswap8 months ago
The author of this instructable is a genius. See my before and after pictures below.
My purchase list:
(three) cinder blocks at $1.46 each
(two) 4"x4"x10' treated landscape timbers at $12.97 each
(two) 2"x4"x10' untreated boards at $4.77 each
Took me about 2 hours to put together and only that long because I had to cut the 2 by 4s in half with a hand saw and then I had to move the old wood out of the way to make room for the rack.
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clasof56 (author)  jswap7 months ago
Ah, you went from a mess to a slick-looking rack set up..nice job!!.... glad you found the ible helpful
isipwater9 months ago
Worked for me. The only challenge I had was not exceeding my car's cargo weight limit with the cinder blocks and the landscaping timbers. This is because I was making 2 extra large racks. Make sure to check your vehicle's cargo limits. A cinder block typically weighs 36 lbs each and the landscaping timbers are about 20 lbs each. This was a rather simple project. Thanks again for the good idea. See the photos my new firewood racks!
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clasof56 (author)  isipwater9 months ago
Wow!! great racks. you took the idea to the next level....good job!
kwilson3610 months ago
I saw this post last fall and finally got around to doing this project yesterday! It took longer to move the wood and clear the area for the wood rack than it did to construct it. I have to day at first I was skeptical but it works like a charm! Thank you sharing.
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Excellent idea. That's a simple, elegant, cheap solution. I'll be giving this a try!
Took about an hour to make 2 racks. Had the 2x4's, only had to spend $10 for the cement blocks. Worked like a charm and yes, as the wood gets piled on, the rack actually becomes more rigid.... my friend came over and he was totally impressed, thanks again.
clasof56 (author)  grillmaster1 year ago
ah, glad you found it helpful...never need another kind.
Gotta love the KISS method. I've never seen anything so simple, congrats for the idea and thanks for sharing.
Farmer-Al1 year ago
Genius!
Awesome. Thanks a lot! Just got done stacking a couple of cords of wood, having made two in the span of about half an hour. The perfect solution - simple & effective.

Many thanks!
vjdoro2 years ago
Thank you for this simple but very effective firewood rack.
Svenska vjdoro1 year ago
Brilliant, I had all the materials on hand. My 4x4's were salvage from Home Depot, so only 4' long. Added a cinder block in middle for support & worked great. Wish I had thought of it myself.
Jeanette561 year ago
Brilliant! I am so glad to have found this! I've pinned it on Pinterest so I can find it again this weekend (and so others can see it too!).
clasof56 (author)  Jeanette561 year ago
hi jeanette, thanks for the nice words. hope you get some use out of it sometime. i hadnt heard of pinterest and took a look. send me the link if you pin this, just put it here...thanks.
Here is the link to one of my Pinterest pages that has your tutorial link on it.
http://pinterest.com/jeanette5674/my-stuff/
Thanks again!
pcos_us1 year ago
Just built 2 in Michigan for around $20 each including a block in the center. Used 5' tall 2X4 cut on angle. First set used two course blocks for more elivation. Very sturdy and fast to build. Nothing better for sale on the web. Thanks
clasof56 (author)  pcos_us1 year ago
hi pcos, glad you are having success. one thing you might try. with three blocks, try putting one 2x4 in the center block. that will allow you to separate two different loads of wood so all the drier stuff doesnt end up at the bottom of the full stack, or you can have larger stuff on one side and smaller on the other. i am from michigan and enjoyed many a fireplace there...cheers!
Perfect example of K I S S
Nessesity being the mother of invention,couldnt have done much better.
Great ible!
clasof56 (author)  northcalgreens1 year ago
thanks guy, i got 7 of them going now...all stong and stable
nordbach2 years ago
A firewood rack with a high WAF (WifeAcceptanceFactor). You don`t see that very often ;)
ALEX_HOLAND2 years ago
Like a Sir.

My complements.
bodie2 years ago
I read your 'ible on Friday and on Saturday my wife asked me to move our woodpile. Great timing! I happened to have some cinder blocks laying around, so I tried it. It worked like a champ!
clasof56 (author)  bodie2 years ago
hahahh....isnt it great when a plan comes together!!
i got a kick out of your comment and thanks for posting it. sometimes simple works pretty good.
Fabulous idea that really is both helpful and a thrifty use of resources. Thanks
ilpug2 years ago
I noticed that your stack is kin of pushing outwards. It helps if you get rope or baling wires and rung a few lines in between either end of the stack structure. It lends a lot of strength and you simply stack on and around the wires.
clasof56 (author)  ilpug2 years ago
hi illpug, thanks for the comment. i have tried stringing wire before while trying different stacks. but this setup is actually designed to be out further at the top. and its very strong. i am in florida and love to have a fireplace and in a normal year have about 100 and i go thru about 6 cords a year and have the stacks all like this. have never had one fall or fail. sometimes a landscape timber bows a bit but then the next year i just turn that one over...hahah
paganwonder2 years ago
VERY clever...cheap as well...definite WIN!
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