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hi, this is an easy cover...a blue or grey tarp..4x8, cut in half the long way...2 pieces 2x8...get some holed bricks, bricks with holes in them...need 6 and some light line...tie line from one brick to another...about 3-4 feet apart..three sets ....cover stack with overlap in middle...drape brick "bolas" over stack on each end and middle...done. easy on and off, no tieing, will stay on for sure and cheap...easy peasy
hi, thanks for the nice post. glad everything worked well for you guys. a nice bunch of wood for sure. working on a grade is always tougher but a little tweak here and there and all is well. thanks again...clas
Hi Randy, nice comment...some thought went into it. and its appreciated. i fought for years trying to figure out something to hold my firewood...everything ended up collapsing...until this setup. its been a long time with it now and zero problems. i was looking at your calculations...if we are figuring a face cord..which is what most people buy...then this setup would hold the whole thing...right? the rack is easily over 8'long with 10' landscape timbers. it can easily hold a 2' long piece even though we dont usually burn logs that long and can easily be stacked over 4'high. it would probably hold a full 128 cf cord if you could balance the logs and put one block in the middle of the rack. thanks again, great comments Clasof56
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hi mozart....interesting pic and glad you enjoyed building the rack. mine are still going strong after many years now with zero problems. i dont think i would have built yours that close to the house because of the issue of bugs...ants and termites...but sometimes it cannot be helped because of how much room you have or a nice roof overhang or a nice solid base...there are always more factors to consider in each build so i'm not being a critic...its what works for you that is important. anyway, enjoy it and nice work! Clas
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I have done these and, if you have the room, you may try a double length. you use less materials than two singles and the extra length is nice to separate sizes or types or when added, etc. if you look at some pics that were from people who built it, you can see that some stack to the moon....so hard to say on two cords...but i would think about a face cord 2'x4'x8' so a double or 2 single racks should do it.
yeah, slopes are tough to deal with for sure. i spend some time setting the racks up, a little dirt or gravel here and there or a shim. but time and the elements eat away at the base. your idea of a concrete base is great. probably gravel would work as well but not permanently. anyway, appreciate the comments and glad the basic set up works well for you...now come the improvements!! good luck and drop an updated pic when you finish.
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.
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.
hi chipaway, 2x4's on bottom layed tall side up might work ok but wont be near as stable. cost of a landscape timber and 2x4 are about the same so why not go with what works for sure. 2-2x4\s on each side would be better but twice the cost of landscape timbers. its silly to debate about a buck or two. what i show is from years of use. dont end up making an unstable rack. the end pieces i have used for years and show no rot...a few pebbles in cement block hole will help drain. these racks are dirt cheap and last for many years....why not make them right.and yes, 4x4\s work great also...just more pricey. good luck
hi bobbi13820, your question: bottom of 2x4s in block is straight. best wood? for me its what i can find but i prefer oak, maybe with a little red cedar ...maple is nice also. hard woods burn long and without a lot of flame but lots of heat. i just went thru a hurricane here in florida and never lost a piece of wood from my racks. just had a rope over the wood and hooked to a nail pounded into the bottom wood on each end...worked great.
hi patti24, glad you liked the idea...it works for sure. landscape timbers are commonly sold at big box stores, home depot and lowes and the like, in their garden centers. they are a cheaper alternative to 4"x4" timbers. but anything that is about 4x4 x10' long should work. others that have posted here have used different sized timbers with good luck. but try what you have...always good to use it up, right! i havent found any altenative better than concrete blocks and yes, the holed bricks work great and dont wear out..hahah when you get one done, take a pic and post it here.....always fun to see how people have done with the project.
Hi GingerN7, good job, and i am just another neighbor saying the same.
wow, good one. it amazes me how crafty people can continue to improve on a basic idea and make changes that are really impressive. nice work!!
hahah, amazing!! I guess there is virtually no limit on how big you can make this...wow! really big stuff for sure. nice job.
well, after 5 years, i have not replaced any part of this setup. timbers are solid, blocks are the same, 2x4's are just more seasoned. the only thing i have had to do is every couple of years i need to straighten it a bit as the earth underneath sinks a tad...a few handfuls of dirt and back in business.
i have been using this sytem for many years and have never had any blocks crack or break. no idea what your problem is but i think its yours. i have stacked very high at times with great weight and never any problems like you describe. maybe you got some too-fresh blocks where the concrete was not cured or they used not enough concrete in the mix.
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.
hi james, thanks for the honest comment. glad you are enjoying the rack.
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.
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.
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.
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