Building a homemade outdoor firewood storage rack

My workshop is heated with a wood burning stove. Last year was my first year using wood instead of my forced-air propane heater.

Buying cured (dried out) firewood in the fall/winter is somewhat expensive. I can save considerably if I buy freshly cut (green) wood in the summer.

So the plan is to build a large enough rack so I can stock up on cheap spring/summer-time wood. Getting wood earlier in the year also gives it time to dry out before its needed.

How large?

I need to build a fairly large storage rack. Ideally it will be large enough to wood for the entire winter season.

I am not sure what will be my wood consumption rate. Based on last year, I figure I need wood to burn for five months with three months being especially cold.

I do not use the workshop everyday. When I do use it weekday (after work) and weekend usage differs.

It will be interesting to see how much wood is consumed over the entire heating season. Knowing me I will probably keep a log or use some tracking methodology.


I considered several possible locations. I ended up putting it next to the building on the sunny side for several reasons:

  • In the winter, being close to the building means less time out in the cold when fetching wood.
  • In the summer, whenever wood is stacked up, it will help shade the building to keep it cooler.

I left enough distance from the building to allow air to circulate around the wood. This will help the wood dry out.

In South Carolina mildew can be a bit of a problem so allowing enough space to maintain proper air flow is essential.

Firewood rack design

I have some unused galvanized metal pipes and wanted to incorporate them into the firewood rack design. I ended up laying these pipes across concrete plinths to support the wood.

The plinths are spaced about 5-1/2′ apart. The entire firewood rack is about 28 feet long.

Leveling the ground

There is a slope right where I wanted to place this rack. Instead of leveling all the ground, I just filled in where the concrete plinths sit.

So one side is elevated a bit to match the existing higher side.

This was an easy fix. I then mulched everything so it looks nice.

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  1. where did you find those concrete plinths ?