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Firewood rack using no tools
hi, good instructable. something that is needed for sure. i also have a lot of rechargables for mower, weedeater, hedge trimmer, and lithiums for small stuff. on ebay, i got an outside lights timer with photo cell as it was 2-4-6 hour shutoff. its heavy duty and easily activated with a small flashlight....with tape covering photo cell till i flip it back to activate. i set it to 2 hours and find thats great for almost anything lithium...and no sound at all. about 15 bucks and tough.
looks to me like a project well done. and you will like how solid it is once you get some wood on it. and what a nice woodsy setting you have.
This was awesome! My husband and I put this together in 15 min. We just bought our house so money is tight. We were online looking at some that average price were 2-3 hundred. This design is not only frugal but brilliantly engineered! Thanks for sharing, we are waiting for our wood to be delivered!
hi james, thanks for the honest comment. glad you are enjoying the rack.
Hey, we made one of these...and it works and looks GREAT!! Be sure to use the "wood-colored," brown or "rust" pressure-treated wood, looks quite nice.
Yes, You're right. I did mine before I spotted Yours. I wasn't smart enough to figure that out from beginning :) So instead of taking all wood out again, I solved it with the rope
ah, i see you didnt use the parts list or put it together using instructions. landscape timbers work best as the base and they should be resting on the cement blocks for whole-rack stability. its a simple set up and works really good ....but good luck.
yeah man, thats a really nice looking setup..and two deep as well. dont think you will need the ropes, but a nice touch anyway.
Made another version with a rope in top to prevent the walls to tilt.
hi tgiraud, i have found the easiest way to cover is with some blue or silver tarp, using holed bricks with a cord tied between two of them...drap over ends of tarp to keep on in wind and rain. cheap, easy, and works very well. you really dont need to cover completely...just the top and a foot over the sides is plenty. gives it air. good luck.
hi tgiraud, i have found the easiest way to cover is with some blue or silver tarp, using holed bricks with a cord tied between two of them...drape over ends of tarp to keep on in wind and rain. cheap, heavy enough, easy, and works very well. you really dont need to cover completely...just the top and a foot over the sides is plenty. gives it air. good luck.
In hindsight I should have built longer and taller. I ended up with 3x 4'tall by 8' wide. Will stretch it next year. Now I need to find an easy way to cover. Suggestions?
Yeah, I filled the holes with stones so the 2x4's would have less give when there wouldn't be a lot of wood stacked on top. Also, this stacks probably about 1.2 chords of wood, when doing a diaganal cut.. My picture, no on this post, but another, is a whole chord.
What lies across the bottom are not 2x4's. They are landscaping timbers. They are cheaper than (for me they were) or really close to the same price, but much more sturdy. If you use a 2x4, I would not trust it.
Super easy and quick. After I put the 2x4's in I also put stones all around them . Thanks. You saved me hours.
Looks awesome. Hey this might be a dumb question but do the 2x4's on the bottom move around a lot while stacking? How sturdy is this thing? I'd probbaly want to make one 16' long.
This design saved the day! I had one day to build a firewood stacker at my mom's cabin, an argument with her about the shed she wanted, a half hour before the lumber yard closed by the time we sorted it out, and no tools. Now all the wood I split is is safe - thanks so much!
I believe that this wood came from a maple tree. It has been sitting outside since November. I was going to move this batch inside the garage today to make room for some more fresh cut wood from my neighbor to put in its place. Is 6-months time enough to season it? I figure it can season some more in the garage over the summer.
This is absolutely brilliant! I bought all the parts from Lowes yesterday and will assemble it today. However, I have a silly question. First off, I'm a new firewood collector, so apologies in advance lol. If I have pieces of wood that are pretty small in diameter, do I still need to split them before burning them in a fireplace? They are as big as the small ones shown in the pic uploaded in this post: http://cdn.instructables.com/FM4/R8RQ/IE7JB40L/FM4R8RQIE7JB40L.LARGE.jpg
Sorry, not sure why the link didn't work. Here's a picture of my stack.
It took me some time to get this project started but I found all of the material at my home and on the farm, I also found and cut my own pieces to put vertical to help with support. Thanks again for the awesome idea and look forward to adding onto my stack
What an amazing idea. Thank you so much for this. It def took longer to stack the firewood than putting it together.
My wife and I made this rack out of lumber around the house! So easy and fast to put together. We even got two other projects done today! Great thinking on this one! Cheers!
Great firewood rack. I spent $17.10 on 2/06/16 and made it in less than ten minutes, it took longer to move the wood.
Thanks for the quick reply! If I had a perfectly flat area that wasn't my driveway or my deck, I wouldn't have come across this in the first place! Whatever I go with is going on the, currently, cold hard ground. I had purchased a metal rack from a hardware store, but realized that once I loaded the wood.. it was going to sink. On top of the initial cost, I was going to have to invest in some pavers to put it on. Concern about them cracking under the weight lead to a pretty brief Google search right here! I think I can counter a bit of the leveling issues/bowing of the timbers by adding more cinder blocks for support. It's the theory I'm running with, anyway! Thanks, again!
You said that sometimes the ground will become unstable and the rack will lean. Ever had one completely fall over? The most convenient place for my wood rack has it right up against a wood fence. A concern for any wood rack, store bought or otherwise, is it toppling over and causing property damage.
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