A wood burning fire can be a beautiful, cozy and traditional source of heat in any home, but you will need to have plenty of firewood storage. The shed in which you store the firewood needs to be dry and large enough to store plenty of wood in, preferably enough for the duration of the winter. The purpose of a firewood shed is entirely practical so you do not need to worry so much about purchasing expensive materials and paying close attention to every detail. Building a simple firewood shed is well within the reach of any amateur carpenter.
Tools and Materials
- Stone landscaping
- 8x4x4-inch sections of treated exterior wood (4)
- 48-inch wood pallets appropriate for exterior usage (2)
- 4x8-inch tarpaulin
- 8x2x4-inch section of treated exterior wood
Step 1 – Prepare the Area
The location of the shed will need to be decided. Choose a flat, open area which is as near to the house as possible as this will minimize the work involved in collecting the firewood. The area which you need to prepare for the shed will be 5x10 feet in size. Dig out the area to about four inches in depth and fill it with a two-inch thick layer of sand. Rake it so that it is level. On top of this lay stone landscaping fabric on top of it. This will stop damp from rising from the ground and ruining the wood.
Step 2 – Lay the Pallets
Lay the two wooden pallets onto the stone surface forming a 4x8-foot area. Dig holes at each corner to about a foot in depth and insert the 4x4 posts into these. Fill the holes in around them to make them as secure as possible. You can use mortar for this to give extra strength to the structure though it is not required.
Step 3 – Assemble the Back of the Shed
The section of 2x4-foot wood should be attached to the back of the shed to give it some extra strength and also to help support the weight of the wood.
Step 4 – Fill the Shed with Wood
Although the shed is, of course, not finished yet, you can stack the wood in it now if you prefer. Set the wood on top of the wooden pallets. The pallets help to keep moisture from soaking into the wood too much since air can circulate underneath the wood ad come up through the slats. Simply placing the wood directly on top of the stone surface will not have this effect.
Step 5 – Cover the Shed
Finally, cover the wood with a tarpaulin. Install this over the posts, draping it over the tops of it. Do not attempt to wrap up the wood as this will hinder air circulation and stop the wood from becoming seasoned as it needs to be for burning safely in a fire. Rain will of course get in, but the moisture should not penetrate the wood too much.