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Last Updated on August 18, 2021
Wooden firewood racks may be a popular choice amongst many fire owners for their warm natural aesthetic; however, metal firewood racks offer durability that wood and other materials just can’t provide.
Metal firewood racks are not only aesthetically pleasing, but they are incredibly sturdy, reliable, and easy to clean and maintain. However, these substantial storage models are typically more expensive than their counterparts, so if you are outfitting your outdoor entertainment area on a budget, why not create your own?
Below are instructions for simple yet stylish metal firewood rack plans that you can start building today.
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Why Do You Need a Firewood Rack?
Firewood racks are an essential accessory to any homeowner that has an open fire. Used to store firewood that will eventually be put in a fireplace, fire pit, or grill, not only do they look neat and tidy, but they also provide an abundance of benefits.
One of the main reasons people invest in metal firewood racks is because they elevate your firewood and keep it from touching the ground. To ensure your firewood is of optimum quality, this is extremely important, as it keeps it from any excess moisture on the ground. What’s more, keeping your firewood elevated also ensures a steady flow of air is available to dry and season the wood, allowing for more efficient combustion.
Plan 1: Metal Scrollwork Rack
Tools and Materials
To build your own metal firewood rack, there are a few specialized tools and materials you’ll need, including:
- An angle grinder with a cutoff wheel and flap disc
- A disc sander
- A chop saw
- A welder and welding mask
- A scroll bender
- A 90°C clamp
- Other clamps
- 1” x ⅛” square tubing
- ¾” x ⅐” flat bar
- 1” square plugs
Extra Safety Tips
For these types of projects, safety equipment is vital. Ensure you’ve got safety glasses, hearing protection, welding gloves, and for extra security, invest in some non-flammable protective clothing.
When purchasing steel, it’s also recommended that you source it from a reputable supplier to ensure the alloy is free from contaminants that could affect the strength of the welds.
Cut and Weld the Frame of Your New Firewood Rack
For your frame, you’ll need to cut 4 pieces of 1” square tubing. Cut the pieces 2” x 18” and 2” x 8” to ensure the final dimension is 18” x 10”.
If your square tubing is used and shows signs of corrosion, you’ll need to clean off the rust. Do this by clamping the pieces down on the bench and using your grinder with the flap disc. Even if your tubing is new, you’ll still need to perform this step to remove any protective coatings to get through to the bare metal.
Cut, Round, and Bend Your Scrolls
For these specific metal firewood rack plans, you’ll need the scroll to have a diameter of 14”. It is recommended to cut a piece of steel at 24”, as when bent, it turns out to be 14” long.
Round the edges with your disc sander, and then use your scroll bender again to remove any sharp edges. This will also make it look neater and more finished. Once you have bent all 4 of the scrolls, you can start putting everything together.
Weld the Frame and Scrolls Together
Once you’ve decided where you want the legs of the rack to be placed, you can clamp them up and tack weld them in. Be sure to set them back 3¼” from the ends. Once you’re happy with how everything looks, you can add some more welds to strengthen the frame.
Using your 1” square plugs, you can seal the holes at the end of the frame. It doesn’t matter what color you have, as they are going to be painted with the rest of the rack.
Apply protective coating of metal paint to the rack. This prevents corrosion and gives the rack a professional finishing touch.
Plan 2: Corrugated Iron Open Box
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This simple box frame is ideal for providing a small amount of weather-proofing for your wood supply. The galvanized corrugated iron is easy to handle, making this an excellent project for beginners, and it won’t corrode over time.
Tools and Materials
- 4 x 48”x16” galvanized corrugated iron panels
- 4 x 16” long pieces of metal flashing
- Metal roofing screws
- Electric drill
Drill pilot holes every 4” along the short end of the corrugated iron panels—drill corresponding holes in the metal flashing. Connect two of the panels with the metal roofing screws to form an L-shape. Repeat with the remaining panels.
Use the last two pieces of metal flashing and screws to attach the two L-shape structures to create a box frame.
Turn the box frame on its side, place it next to a shed or garage wall for added stability, and stack the wood inside. You can mount it on cinder blocks or screw the frame to large pieces of pressure-treated lumber to raise the frame off the ground providing further protection from the damp.
You can use a piece of plastic to cover the front of the rack during rainy weather and leave it open for optimal airflow when it is warm.
Plan 3: Concrete Block and Steel Pipe
This design is the simplest metal rack you can make, and it is highly customizable to suit any volume of wood. It is ideally suited for drying recently cut logs and seasoning them for use the following year.
Tool and Materials
6 x 8” concrete footings2 x 8’ steel pipes
Find an out-of-the-way location next to a wall or fence. Measure and mark an 8’ line along the ground. At the start, center point, and end of the line, dig a shallow 16”x8” trench to accommodate two concrete footings laid side-by-side. Place the footings in the trench so that the indentations are parallel to each other and lay the steel pipe in the indentations.
Keeping your firewood stacked can minimize rot and pest infestation, but wood racks always offer the durability you need from these storage solutions. These metal firewood rack plans are simple to build in an afternoon and ensure that your wood supply remains dry and organized.