How to Make a Durable Firewood Holder for Your Fireplace How to Make a Durable Firewood Holder for Your Fireplace
A firewood holder is useful for neatly storing firewood wood logs which are required for your fireplace. It protects the firewood by keeping it off the ground, allowing it to remain dry and prevents it from getting infested by insects. A firewood holder is an important accessory to have if you are looking for a convenient way to stack your firewood logs. Here is how you can construct your very own durable firewood log holder for your fireplace:
Step 1: Measuring the dimensions and area for your log holder
Evaluate the area where you wish to fit your log holder. Determine the dimensions of the components that will constitute the holder. It helps if you put the design that you have in mind on paper and mark the dimensions of each component on your sketch. Disintegrate your design sketch into several drawings representing every view of your firewood holder. These drawings will provide better clarity of the design and will also make the entire constructing process systematic. A basic firewood holder will be a rectangular box with hollow faces or sides, a roof, a base, and edges made of pressure-treated lumber or a similar durable raw material like wrought iron. The edges that connect the roof to the base will extend below the base to form four legs that support the weight of the frame of the firewood holder. The roof will act as a protective cover and the base will be elevated from the ground, and will have the capacity to bear the weight of many firewood logs.
Step 2: Cutting and Assembling
Referring the dimensions from step 1, use a circular saw or a table saw to cut the lumber into sections based on the measurements and the design of the holder. Assemble the lumber sections together to form the frame of your firewood holder. Attach these lumber sections together with the help of galvanized screws and metal brackets. Assemble the roof and base over the frame. Use a power drill to install the screws and metal brackets into the lumber. Metal brackets will provide stability to the structure of your firewood holder.
Step 3: Adding robustness and durability
It’s a good idea to install lumber sections as 45 degree braces in the lower corners of your firewood holder’s rectangular frame, below its base, forming inverted right-angled triangles. 45 degree braces are pieces of lumber framed diagonally, at 45 degrees between the mid-points of the edges forming the base to the legs extending below it. The braces will make the structure of the frame stronger, durable and increase its load bearing capacity. You can also assemble 45 degree braces in the upper corners of the rectangular form, below its roof. This will not only help in tightly binding the lumber sections together, but will also add an aesthetic touch to your firewood holder. Add a sturdy roofing material on the lumber section that forms the roof. This will help in protecting your firewood logs if you wish to keep your firewood holder outside your house.
Wear safety glasses and gloves to protect your eyes and hands while using saw and the power drill.
A firewood holder is an efficient way of managing and organizing your firewood and is a crucial element of your fireplace.