Firewood Rack - It is so cozy to have a warm fire burning in the fireplace. But it isn't fun to go out into the cold to bring in more word for the fire. But if you have a handy firewood rack right outside the door, or even an small indoor firewood rack, getting the wood won't seem like such a chore.
Firewood can be messy. The bark falls off and their is little slivers of wood and bark around the wood pile. That is why you don't want a wood pile! You need a firewood rack for a neat looking stack. Sure, you will still have some back and wood chips around the rack, but they will be easy to sweep up when the wood is contained on the rack instead of leaning against the house or in a pile on the ground. The best way to avoid firewood mess is to select a far corner of your yard to cut the wood into fireplace size logs and then load it into a firewood cart or wheelbarrow. Then take it to the firewood rack that is close to the house and stack it neatly so it is ready to use. The stacking part is a good chore for kids!
A firewood rack is a great thing for so many reasons. First of all, a firewood rack will keep your wood neatly stacked. Having your wood in some kind of order just looks nicer. Plus it makes it easier to grab a couple of logs for the fireplace. Wood thrown in a heap is just plain messy!
Next, a firewood rack reduces rodent and insect problems. Firewood piles tend to attract rodents and other pests that use them for their winter homes. The problem is, many times these rodents see the big warm home near by and try to move in to your home. With a firewood rack, you will be able to have your firewood lifted off the ground a few inches so a lot of pests will not be able to get too it. In addition, many racks have wheels so you can easily move it to another location if you find you are having problems with pests in a certain place. Just a note - there is really no way to completely keep pests out of your firewood so make sure you check your wood for hitchhikers before you take it in the house. This is not a usually a problem with rodents, but some insects.
A firewood rack can help keep your wood dry. You can either place your fireplace rack under a patio awning or get a cover that fits your rack. If you place your firewood rack close to your home it is already semi protected from the elements, but if you add a cover it will ensure your wood will stay dry and ready to burn. You don't need to purchase a commercial firewood cover, although many are made to fit the firewood rack. A tarp and some elastic cords is a great way to cover your firewood as well.
As far as firewood rack sizes, there are many to choose from. You can get large racks that will hold a lot of wood. These racks are great for people who live in very cold climates and rely on wood for their primary fuel. They are also good if you have a place where you can put the firewood rack. However, many people have limited space or they don't need a lot of wood for the winter. If this is the case, you can find smaller racks that will hold enough wood for a few days. A small firewood rack would also work great inside the house positioned by the fire. This will make it really easy to through another log on when the fire starts to die!
A firewood rack is a great way to keep your firewood organized, dry, and relatively free from pests. Not to mention a firewood rack makes it so much easier to fully enjoy a blazing fire!
Buy a Firewood Rack:
Landmann 82433 8-Foot Firewood Log Rack Only
Classic Accessories Veranda Log Rack Cover, 8-Feet
ShelterLogic Backyard Storage Series Covered Firewood Rack, Black, 4-Feet