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Build a Firewood Shelter
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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.