Introduction: Firewood Rack Using No Tools
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 easily 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 20 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 with all width of each timber completely on block.
- place 2x4 uprights in holes in blocks. If on dirt put a few
small rocks or pebbles 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 light 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.
Anyway, once you have set this rack up and used it a bit, its one of those things that you just grin each time you look at it and wish other things you make would work as well. Enjoy
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Thanks for this idea. My husband made this about 3 years ago, and we placed it in our backyard by the back fence. Unfortunately our yard has a slope and although my husband built the base to adjust for the slope, now it seems like the wood stack is leaning forward. We stacked the wood as far back as we could, but it doesn't seem stable. We have two little ones who love to run around in the backyard, so we're looking for advice on how we could stabilize it or if we should just remove the wood and build a new rack. Thanks!
Hi RadhaK28, glad you built it and have been enjoying it. yes, stability is the bane of any woodrack. i have to adjust my racks every couple of years as i have very sandy soil. there really is no way around getting the wood off and down to the base...maybe some small gravel under the blocks or a patio stone to help stabilize the ground. several people have built great racks on slopes but it takes a little work and engineering. but for safety i would say its time to start over and throw the wood in a pile and toughen up your base. then just put it back together as you have all the parts. good luck.
If set on a concrete slab, will the concrete blocks hold water, or does it somehow drain away after a rain?
Hi LynnB110, any rainwater should easily drain away on concrete. the seal would not be perfect. hope you have fun with it. mine need restocking about now.