Firewood Storage: Holder, Rack, Shed

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Firewood is a wonderful and unique heat source.  It is unlike other energy sources since it has to be stored on your property prior to being used.   Long-term storage of firewood should be in a location that is dry, sunny, and has good air circulation.  Firewood needs to be protected from rain and snow or it will absorb water; becoming too wet to burn efficiency and eventually rotting.  Be aware that large amounts of firewood should always be stored OUTSIDE and AWAY (at least 20 feet) from your house due to fire risks and the critters (such as insects and rodents) that take up residence inside your firewood stacks.  Here are some of my preferred ways to store firewood; both outside and inside the home.

 Firewood Sheds

Consider creating a wood shed, with a raised floor, sloped roof for runoff, and open/slatted sides. Open sides or slatted sides provide air circulation which is especially important if your wood still needs to season.  As for shed size, I would recommend making it large enough to hold a few cords of wood.  While a wood shed is the most effective storage option it is also the most expensive (building materials, labor).  Certainly, building one yourself will save money since you will only have to buy the building materials. There are many DIY woodshed guides that can be found online.  However, if you are like me (and not all that handy with carpentry tools) then you will have to either buy one prefab or hire a carpenter to create one on your property.  Either way a wood shed is an investment but if properly built it will last for decades.  Below are a couple photos of a woodshed that has all the qualities you should look for. It is lifted off the ground,  has slatted sides, protection from rain/snow, and holds a large quantity of firewood.

Firewood shed, woodshed


firewood shed, woodshed

Firewood Racks

I am also a fan of firewood racks.  I find that the building designs for these are less intimidating for a person with basic carpentry skills.  A rack lifts your firewood off the ground and keeps your wood in a secure and tidy form.  A rack is both functional and affordable but a rack does lack a roof.  A properly designed storage rack should keep the wood off the ground and be sturdy, allowing you to safely stack the wood onto the rack.  If you have a few basic tools and a couple of treated 2×4’s, you can build your own firewood rack for about $20 or less.  A similar metal rack purchased from a local retailer can cost $50 or more.

firewood rack

Secondary Storage

I highly recommend creating a smaller storage area near or inside your house.  How much you store will depend on your needs, space, and personal preference.  I like to keep half a week’s worth of wood in my garage.  I use a wheelbarrow to move my firewood from its long-term storage area to my garage.  The firewood is left in the wheelbarrow until it’s used up and saves time since I don’t have to re-stack it.  However I have seen more aesthetically pleasing options; like smaller wooden or the wrought-iron rack shown below.  I like that this rack also has a spot for kindling!

firewood rack, firewood storage

Inside Storage

It is convenient to keep a day or two’s worth of firewood and kindling near your fire source.  I  have a decorative copper tub (that used to be my grandparents) by my wood stove.  I like a container for this because it keeps wood debris from getting on my floors and it is attractive to look at.  However, please be aware that any wood you store inside should be kept far enough away from your heat source in order to prevent unwanted combustion.  Same goes for fire-starting supplies; like newspapers and kindling.  Unless the manufacturer specifies otherwise, all heating surfaces of a wood stove should be at least 36 inches (3 feet) from any combustible material.

Firewood Storage

Firewood Carriers

You also have a few options on how to transport your firewood from outside to inside your home.  The main benefit of firewood carriers is ease of transport and less accidental spillage of wood debris inside your home (whoever cleans your house will be thankful!) .  I prefer something with handles and that is lightweight yet sturdy enough to handle its frequent trips laden with firewood.  I recommend purchasing a canvas carrying bag with enclosed ends and sides.   I bought my father a canvas carrying bag eight years ago and there are still no signs of wear on it!


In the end, you should choose a firewood storage solution that is based on your needs and abilities.  You should weigh the cost of the labor and building materials  vs. just doing what’s good enough to season/store your firewood.  No matter what- make sure  your firewood is lifted off the ground, gets good air circulation/sun exposure, and is located in an area that is convenient for you!



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