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Useful Tips on Building a Firewood Storage Shed

Aparna Jadhav Dec 11, 2018
In homes which have fireplaces or fire pits, there is a necessity for a shed around the house to store the firewood. Here are some interesting designs and plans to make such a shed.
In winters, or during rains, fireplaces are lit and the wood is often stacked so that there is no shortage of firewood when required. But for this, you need a proper place or adequate arrangement to keep the firewood away from the moisture in the weather.
Therefore, most houses which use these fireplaces on a regular basis have to make sheds that are specifically designed to keep the wood safe.
It is very important to keep the wood dry so that it burns well when added to fire. It is best to let the wood dry first and then stack it, to avoid any damage to it. Building a firewood shed is not difficult, you need a plan and some raw material. Here, we have some simple, yet creative ideas to help you build a utilitarian firewood shed.

Plans to Consider

A convenient arrangement always makes storing wood easy for you, as the firewood needs to be kept dry and moisture free. Unless you live in a place where it snows or rains regularly, you can build a firewood storage outdoors, as the wood can dry easily in direct sunlight for few hours of the day.

How to Build a Firewood Shed

There are certain factors you have to think about before starting the process of building: a convenient location, airflow, protection from damage, and a trendy look.

Ordinarily, these sheds have a typical structure which includes a roof, wire mesh walls (can be optional), and shelves (or racks) which are also optional.
  • Measure the wood which you have bought as firewood. In many countries, there is a standard size of wood that is sold as firewood.
  • After you have the measurements of the wood, find a location in a convenient area around the house. Construct it close to a door, window or next to your wood burning fireplace, for ease of transport. Remember that you have to find a place where there is enough sunshine, is clean, dry, and free from pests.
  • Sketch a plan where all the requirements are included, with enough room for airflow through the crevices of the logs. You can include racks and shelves so that wood can be pulled out easily without any hindrance.
  • You can then start building, by first adding a landscape fabric to prevent the shed from unwanted weed growth or varmints. It will also keep the base of the shed dry and free from decay. Create a foot area, then four corners for support, and secure them deep into the ground, and then the roof.
  • With the wooden planks, cover the shed by making the roof, either with roofing shingles or metal, and oil paint it so that no moisture accumulates. You can leave the corners open or cover it with a wire mesh, so that the airflow is easy. Use nails and screws to secure this construction so that it is strong enough to hold the firewood.
People tend to forget the importance of storing firewood properly, and find out only when they add damp logs to the fireplace. When damp logs are burnt, they emit a lot of smoke and soot, thus damaging your interiors as well.