Since the weather continues to be a hot, frigid, snowy mess in the Northeast, it won’t be time to latch up the old fireplace anytime soon. Therefore, my fraands, I bring you the easiest, most concealed DIY firewood rack of all time.
The best part: this contraption cost $35 bucks to make. Chaaa-ching. 💰
Our outdoor firewood storage is a work in progress. Anytime it rains or snows, hubby’s wood gets wet (that’s what she said 😆). For an inside storage solution, I crafted a mildly gussied-up, simple structure that didn’t attract attention, protected the walls and floors, and allowed me to seamlessly stack firewood within a protruding space abutting the fireplace.
You know, and dry those suckers out.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
- Wood Plank (cut to fit your space)
- Two (2) 6-foot, 3/16-inch Threaded Rods
- Four (4) 3/16-inch Floor Flanges
- Four (4) 3/16-inch Nuts
- Eight (8) Brass Screws
- Gold Spray Paint
- Hack Saw
- Measuring Tape
- Power Drill
- Drill Bit Set
To start, take your six-foot threaded rods and secure them to a sturdy surface. Threaded rods tend to be lathered in grease. Outdoors is recommended! Mark the halfway point. Use a hacksaw to divide your rods into two, leaving you with four posts.
Over craft paper, spray paint the threaded rods, flanges, nuts and screws (if necessary). This part goes very quickly, especially on a sunny day! Flip, spray, repeat.
Make sure the wood plank is cut to the exact base measurements of your racking space. Using a power drill, pre-drill holes for the flanges, then secure with screws. Insert rod until it no longer turns, then twist nut until taut. Use pliers and a rag to ensure ultimate tightness and avoid scratches. The rods will not be completely upright, but that’s OK.
There is the option to secure a finial to the top, but the one skill I’ve yet to take on is welding. I left my rod tops nekkid.
With your log holder into place, the rods will slightly bow toward your walls as firewood is stacked. Only the rod tops should come into contact with the surface. This will protect the wood from coming into contact with the wall. Make sure you cut your firewood to the proper depth of your firewood rack.
If you’re anything like us, my husband is regularly on the hunt for downed trees / free firewood. It’s been four and a half years in the Brigham Craftsman and we have never bought a cord of wood!
Not for nothing, it makes for a nice day watching your stud work that bod and chopping that wood with a refreshing cocktail in hand. Just sayinnnn. 🥂😏🔥 SsssSssssSssS.