Building an Outdoor Log Rack for Your Firewood

If you have a wood burning fireplace, then you understand the importance of having a log rack. You need a log rack, rather than piling your logs on the ground, to keep them dry, so that they burn better and they are protected from insects, including termites.

Tools and Materials:

  • Wood
  • MDF
  • Adhesive
  • Screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Saw
  • Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Varnish

Step 1 – Choose your Material

The 2 main choices for building a log rack are wood and metal. Wood is much easier to deal with, if you are building your wood rack DIY style, but metal is more durable, and will stand up to weather conditions better, especially rain. In this instance, we are going to opt for wood.

Step 2 – Create the Base

To create the base of the log rack, you need a large sheet of MDF and 4 planks of wood the same size as each edge. Saw them to the correct size. Apply adhesive around the edge of the MDF and stick the 4 planks of wood on the outside, to create a lidless box. Secure the wood in place with screws, using a screwdriver.

Step 3 – Raise it from the Ground

It is important that the log rack is not sitting on the ground, as it will attract rodents, insects and dampness. Use a couple of thick planks of wood and lay them at either end of the stand and using adhesive, stick them together and screw them in place.

Step 4 – Optional Ends

Many people like to add ends to their log racks, generally these are purely decorative because as the logs are stacked correctly, they are unlikely to roll around or need any extra support. If you choose to add ends to your rack, then you can choose between solid ends and open ends.

Step 5 – Solid Ends

For solid ends, secure a sheet of MDF at each end, just inside the base. Use adhesive to glue it to the bottom of the base and the sides of the base. To secure it, screw it in place. You can also add a piece of timber to the top of the MDF, to create a little shelf, in case you need to rest anything on there, and this will be secured in the same way.

Step 6 – Open Ends

Alternatively, open ends will use 3 separate pieces of wood per end. 1 piece should be the same width as the base and the other 2 should be longer, but equal heights to each other. Secure the longer pieces to the base vertically, 1 at each corner. Put the third piece of wood along the top, and secure it in place; it will act like a shelf, similar to that of a solid end for the log rack.

Step 7 - Finishing

When you are done, it is important to finish your wood rack, to protect it from the elements. Apply 1 or 2 layers of varnish or paint over the wood, as the finish will act as a waterproof barrier for the log rack.