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So you’ve done all the hard work, you’ve found and collected a good supply of quality firewood. You’ve bucked it up and you’ve split it all by whatever means you had to. You took the time to get it to its drying place for the year and stacked it all up to get the most from the space you have available.
Depending on what you stack it on or in, near your fireplace, you may have that full as well. It’s just sitting there looking all rustic and waiting for the weather to turn a bit chilly. Could be as early as September or as late as November or December, but no matter when it hits, you finally start up the fireplace for the winter.
You dab into your stockpile of kindling, you put a match to your home made fire starters (or something you bought) <—CLICK HERE—THIS IS AN AFFILIATE LINK —HELP SUPPORT OUR BEER FUND and you light up that first fire.
If you’re like me, its a great feeling to start up the fire place…. aside from the slight depression of summer truly being over for the year.
Your place starts to warm, the chimney turning into a great source of warmth, as the fire inside gets hotter and hotter. You may keep a weeks worth of wood near the burner or just a few nights, again it depends on your available space.
About 10 years ago, I decided to build my own fire wood holder for inside the house. I wanted function first, but I also wanted a rustic look.
If you look at the photos, you’ll see it’s made of four pieces of 3″ x 3″ hardwood and two 9′ lengths of rebar.
The hardwood was recycled from one heavy duty discarded pallet….free of course. The rebar cost me $10 at a scrap metal yard.
I had to remove the nails from the hard wood and then cut it to size. The rebar I put into a large vice, heated up the spots I wanted to bend and Gorilla Heavy Duty Construction Adhesive <—CLICK HERE—THIS IS AN AFFILIATE LINK —HELP SUPPORT OUR BEER FUND.
I added 4 everyday nylon furniture coasters <—CLICK HERE—THIS IS AN AFFILIATE LINK —HELP SUPPORT OUR BEER FUND to the bottom corners – just to lift it off my hardwood flooring. Even full of wood, I can slide the whole thing away from the wall, just in case I feel the need to clean up behind it.
The rack I built is 3′ wide, 3′ tall and about 16″ deep. It holds a pretty good amount of wood, at least 50 pieces. The full rack will last almost a week or so, depending on how cold my wife’s butt is!
With the coasters, lag bolts, glue and rebar, I bet this holder cost less than $25. It took maybe a few hours to build and aside from the gas torch, needed only a couple of regular tools. A vice, a ratchet set and a cordless drill.
I also painted the whole thing flat black, but you don’t have to. I wanted mine to match all the other black around my Regency airtight fireplace <—THIS IS NOT AN AFFILIATE LINK.
Just add another $5 if you don’t have a can of paint lying around.
So there you have it. About $25 and a couple of hours work. You can build this rack larger, smaller, taller, shorter or whatever your needs are.
Over ten years of use for mine and I’ve never had to make a repair of any kind. I haven’t even repainted it.
There are hundreds of ideas out there (see our Pinterest page for inspiration). Some are better than others. It all depends on what you or your better half want. Just make sure it’s functional as well as appealing to the eye.
There’s nothing worse than having something, anything really, that “looks great” but doesn’t work worth a shit.