Lawn and Garden

Lawn + Garden

Lawn + Garden Projects

Build a Firewood Shelter

Print Page
Firewood Shelter beauty
BDSquareLogo

BLACK+DECKER B+D Contributor 188 Projects

This handsome firewood shelter combines rustic ranch styling with ample sheltered storage that keeps firewood off the ground and obscured from sight. Clad on the sides and roof with beveled cedar lap siding, the shelter has the look and feel of a permanent structure. But because it’s freestanding, you can move it around as needed. It requires no time-consuming foundation work. As long as it’s loaded up with firewood it is very stable, even in high winds. But if it has high exposure to the elements and is frequently empty, secure it with a pair of wood stakes.

This firewood shelter is large enough to hold an entire face cord of firewood. (A face cord, also called a rick, is 4 ft. high, 8 ft. wide, and one log-length deep— typically 16".) Since the storage area is sheltered and raised to avoid ground contact and allow airflow, wood dries quickly and is ready to use when you need it. Raising the firewood above the ground also makes the woodpile a much less attractive nesting area for rodents.

Firewood Shelter diagram

Firewood Shelter cutting list

How to Build a Firewood Shelter

  1. Firewood Shelter 1

    Butt the edges of the front posts together in pairs to form the corner posts. Drill 1⁄8"-dia. pilot holes at 8" intervals. Counterbore the holes 1⁄4" deep and join the post pairs with 2 1⁄2" deck screws. Follow the same procedure to join the rear posts in pairs.

    Assemble two bottom rails and two end rails into a rectangular frame. Center and set the third bottom rail between the end rails. Drill two 3⁄8"-dia. pilot holes for lag screws through the end rails at each bottom rail position — do not drill into the bottom rails.

  2. Firewood Shelter 2

    With the corner posts upright, set 2"-high spacers next to each corner post to support the frame. Position the bottom rail frame between the corner posts, and attach the frame to the corner posts by driving two 2 1⁄2" deck screws through the corner posts and into the outer faces of the bottom rails.

    Drive a pair of 3⁄8 × 4" lag screws through the sides of the corner posts and into the bottom rails. Drive 2 1⁄2" deck screws through the end rails and into the posts.

  3. Firewood Shelter 3

    Cut the back rail, front rail, roof supports, middle post, and middle supports to length. The roof supports and middle supports are mitered at the ends. To make the miter cutting lines, mark a point 1 1⁄2" in from each end, along the edge of the board.

    Draw diagonal lines from each point to the opposing corner. Cut along the lines with a circular saw.

  4. Firewood Shelter 4

    Drill counterbored pilot holes in the back rail. Use 3" deck screws to fasten the back rail to the backs of the rear corner posts. Use the same procedure to fasten a roof support to the outsides of the corner posts. Make sure the top of each support is flush with the high point of each post end.

    Attach the front rail by driving screws through the outer roof supports, making sure the top of the rail is flush with the tops of the supports.

  5. Firewood Shelter 5

    The top of the rail should be flush with the tops of the roof supports. Attach the middle supports between the front rail and back rail, 30" in from each rail end. Drive 3" deck screws through the front and back rails into the ends of the middle supports.

  6. Firewood Shelter 6

    Attach the roof strips to the roof supports, starting at the back edge. Make sure the wide edge of the siding faces down. Attach the rest of the roof strips, overlapping the strip below by about 1⁄2" until you reach the front edges of the roof supports.

View All Lawn + Garden Projects