Simple, Strong, and Inexpensive Outdoor Firewood Storage




Materials needed:

- Cinder or concrete block, the larger the better

- A large heavy duty tarp (camouflage or natural color to blend in to the surrounding area)

- Rough cut or finished cut firewood

- (Optional) Any type of treated or cedar wood poles, planks, or posts (I recycled some old fence post)

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Step 1: Choose a Site.

  • That is away from the house or other structures
  • Make sure it is a well drained area.
  • It should be fairly level.
  • It should be easily accessible in any weather.

Step 2: Lay Your Blocks.

  • The size is determined by the size of your tarp.
  • The larger the blocks the better.
  • Recycle old ones with cracks or chips as long as they are solid.
  • Lay them holes up to prevent insect or critter nests.

Step 3: Lay Part of the Tarp Over the Bricks.

  • Allow part of the tarp to be an "apron" on the front part of the bricks hanging as close to the ground as you would like.

Step 4: (Optional) Lay Your Lumber on Top of the Tarp Covered Blocks

  • I used recycled poles so I staggered them to give me more length.

Step 5: Place Heavy "anchor" Firewood Pieces at Each End of the "shelf".

  • This prevents the stack from crumbling.

Step 6: Stack Your Firewood

  • I place newly cut wood at the bottom of the stack
  • Aged wood on top to be used first

Step 7: Fold the Remaining Section of the Tarp Over the Stack.

Step 8: Tuck Your Ends and Add Weights

  • The tarp should be flat across the top to prevent water pooling.
  • Fold the sides using "hospital corners" also to prevent leaking and water pooling.
  • Use heavy weights such as bricks, stones, wheel rims, or whatever strikes your fancy.

Step 9: Keep the Area Around the Stack Clear.

  • I keep the weeds and grass short.
  • I lay gravel down since it is also my chopping area.
  • Keep it stocked and stacked tightly
  • Enjoy!
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    2 years ago

    Don't seal that wood too tight in the tarp. You still want air flow into the wood to dry/season the wood. Without air flow you trap whatever moisture is in the wood under the tarp. Great environment for molds and mildew to form. Lots of bugs love dark moist places as well. Not so sure sealing off the bottom is the greatest idea. You have it up off the ground with the cinder blocks already. You may not even need the cinder blocks. Just stack on the landscaping ties. Let the air flow to let the wood breath. Over my 4 foot high and 8 foot long stacks I throw a 5x9 tarp and staple the tarp to the wood. Keeps dry from rain and snow and breathes really nice. I remove tarps in spring from any unused wood. Just my 2 cents.


    2 years ago

    Great idea lifting the whole thing up off the ground. I sometime stick a board / stick at the end holes to make the "stopper" for the sides and prevent logs from rolling off.

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    Reply 2 years ago

    I like that. Also, maybe two pieces of re-bar pounded in at both ends.


    Reply 2 years ago

    Good idea! Not sure if I can do that where I have my pile located, as I might have some irrigation pipes underneath. Anything to keep the pile from moving! I even used some of the skinnier logs to jam into the holes.


    2 years ago

    That's a good way to keep it dry and useable. :) We need to help my mother in law do something like this with hers.

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    Reply 2 years ago


    It was fast and easy and you can go as big or as many as you want. I am on my third now getting ready for fall campfires and winter fires in the fire place.