A firewood rack is a simple device for storing wood outdoors until you need it. The important thing about storing wood outdoors is that it needs to be kept relatively dry but exposed to air.. That means a firewood rack should keep the firewood off the ground, so water doesn't seep up from underneath.
And a firewood rack should have some sort of cover to keep rain and snow from soaking into the firewood from above. At the same time, the sides of the rack should be exposed to the air, allowing the firewood to cure as it soaks in the sunshine and dries out on warm days. If the wood is covered completely, it may never fully cure and can even become full of mold and mildew and start to rot. However, during rainy periods, you may want to have the rack covered fully. It's possible to buy a firewood rack with two different covers, one that covers the rack fully and the other that simply shields the top and a little bit down the sides to provide better air flow and exposure to the sun.
Depending on your needs you can get a firewood rack that holds 1/8 of a cord, 1/4 of a cord, 1/2 of a cord, or even 3/4 of a cord of wood.
If you build fires for special occasions, a 1/8 cord firewood rack may be right for you. It holds enough wood to get you through a season of occasional fires, allowing you to save money, time, and hassle by buying firewood in bulk. A 1/8 cord firewood rack may measure about 36 inches wide by 36 inches high by 10 inches deep. A sturdy frame and cover of this size should weigh under 25 pounds and cost about $100 including shipping.
If you have a little more room and you like to build fires a little more often than "occasionally," a 1/4 cord firewood rack may be the right size for you. This rack may measure about 48 inches wide by 48 inches high by 14 inches deep. This rack will weigh about 36 pounds and should cost around $155 including shipping.
A 1/2 cord firewood rack can measure about 96 inches wide by 48 inches high, by 14 inches deep. That makes it exactly twice as long as the 1/4 cord rack described above. It should come with additional supports in the center to keep the rack from sagging. This rack will weigh about 50 pounds and should cost about $200 including shipping.
If you want to store even more firewood than that, a 3/4 cord firewood rack is the way to go. A 3/4 cord firewood rack can measure about 144 inches wide by 48 inches high by 14 inches deep. This rack weighs about 68 pounds and can cost $270 including the shipping. That's not a bad deal and if you like to have fires every night during the winter months, this rack may be the way to go. You may even find that you save a lot of the price simply by buying firewood in bulk. You'll certainly save a lot of the hassle!
Firewood racks are not typically a big seller for retailers. This is because many people just store their wood out in the back yard or make their own out of a crudely assembled wood construction. However, there are some good wood racks out there. The sites below offers some interesting options.
Woodhaven Firewood Racks: Maker of firewood racks and ways to store firewood.
Stacks and Stacks Homewares: Onlie home decor company offers several unique firewood rack models and firewood stacking options.