When it comes to fireplaces, are you Team Gas for the gold🥇? Or are you on Team Wood for the win🏆? While it is true there are pros and cons to each, for me, there’s nothing that quite measures up to the crackle and warmth of a wood-burning fire.
But wood-burning fireplaces require…wood! Whether you heat your home with wood, or use your fireplace for coziness and cold-weather ambiance, you know how important it is to have a good supply of dry wood at the ready.
And that means, you need a place to store your wood. We did some super-sleuthing round the internet to suss out some fantastic firewood storage ideas for you to consider.
Your firewood holder will likely look different depending on how much wood you use each season. If you heat your home with a wood stove, you’ll burn through a lot of firewood each year. In this case, you’ll need a large outdoor storage rack or storage shed coupled with a smaller indoor unit to keep a handy supply right by your fireplace.
If you use firewood mainly for ambiance, or for a backyard firepit, then your log holder can be much smaller.
You’ll find options here that vary greatly in size depending on your needs. And we’ll offer wood storage ideas for both inside your home, and outside.
Ideal Firewood Storage Ideas For Every Situation
There is a wide-range of options for storing wood, from small to large, simple to complex, budget-friendly to budget-busting.
Easiest Firewood Storage Solutions
1. Put a Tarp on it
Don’t want to bother with a rack? You can simply stack your wood in a relatively dry place such as under the eaves of a storage shed, your home, or a tree. Then cover your wood pile with a tarp.
There are downfalls to this approach, however. It’s important to keep your wood off the ground to promote drying. If your wood gets wet, starting a fire will go from fun to infuriating pretty quickly.
Not to mention that an unkempt stack of wood is likely not the most attractive to look at, so if you don’t have an awesome, out-of-eyeshot hiding spot, you may want to go for something that’s a little more organized, and a little less eye-sore.
2. Simple Stacking
As a bare minimum, build a small base (see #7 below) with leftover pallets, or a couple of 2×4’s to stack your wood on top of. This will ensure it’s clear of the ground to allow for airflow.
And avoid stacking your firewood pile directly against your home. Maintain a couple feet of distance, or use some type of physical barrier between your home and the wood.
Wood piles draw all kinds of creepy-crawlies, from innocent insects, to the wood-boring and terrifying-for-the-structural-integrity-of-your-home type pests (yes, termites…I’m talkin’ bout you). So do yourself, and your home a favor, and keep a little distance.
#10 below is a great example of a wood storage solution that is above and beyond a simple pile, with its weather-resistant roof, and it is also kept at a small distance from the home while still keeping it convenient to access when needed.
3. Beautiful Baskets, Bins, Wood Slings and Stands
Searching for a simple way to stash some wood inside that is useful and attractive? Don’t make it complicated!
A simple wicker basket (we use a vintage apple bushel as seen below), wood crate, leather sling, or readily available steel frame rack are great options to keep a small amount of kindling and wood right next to your fireplace (scroll down, or click here for our top picks to purchase).
Good for Great Big Piles of Firewood
If you go through lots and lots of firewood each season, you need a large outdoor storage rack or a firewood storage shed.
These bigger units typically have a frame + roof. Yes, it’s a larger, more expensive type of storage solution, but if you go through a cord of firewood per season or more, these will pay for themselves in spades.
Space-Saving Wood Storage Ideas
Don’t have a lot of room to store wood? No worries.
If you’re in need of some outdoor storage for your firewood, but don’t have much space to spare, then I’d recommend checking out #1 on the outdoor DIY ideas list. This storage idea is not only inexpensive and insanely easy to make, it takes up very little space.
Now let’s get to the list! From simple firewood storage buckets and slings to elevated log racks with roofs, there’s a storage solution for every home.
For the sake of simplicity, we’ll split these ideas into indoor and outdoor firewood storage ideas.
First, let’s check out some awesome ideas for storing your wood outside…
Best Outdoor Firewood Storage Options
If you blaze through a lot of wood each season, then you’ll likely want or need a larger wood shed or storage option that sits outside your house.
Often, homeowners opt for DIY firewood racks outside since purchasing big firewood sheds or other large wood storage solutions can come with a hefty price tag.
That said, if DIY options are NOT something you want to entertain, we found some awesome firewood storage available to buy, instead.
We find in our own home that a combination of a larger DIY outside wood rack and a smaller storage bin inside works great.
Outdoor DIY Firewood Storage Ideas
1. Cinderblocks + Scrap 2×4’s
This was one of my favorite DIY ideas I came across as I searched, but I couldn’t find the original source for this concept, only spammy sites that had shared the image without clear credit.
So instead of doing the same, I decided to quickly make this concept to share with you, and when I say “quickly make it”, I mean it!
You can assemble this firewood holder in literally one-minute. All you’ll need is two cinder blocks and four pieces of scrap 2×4. You’ll see mine aren’t even all the same length.
If you don’t have scrap, go buy 1 (or 2) 8′ boards and cut them down. The taller the 2×4’s, the more firewood you’ll be able to store.
We are just using this for kindling. We had stashed our kindling in two old plastic bins, and this thing held all of it easily with tons of room to spare.
2. DIY Covered Firewood Rack with Roof
Use the included free woodworking plans from Making Manzanita to build a durable, covered log rack that will keep your wood dry. And the wood stain is a nice touch that makes this storage solution look nice, too.
3. Give an Old Fence New Life as a Wood Shed
Lumber is EXPENSIVE these days, so why not pilfer from what you may already have at home? Upcycling is more and more important in our world, and this lumber storage shed made with wood from an old fence is a great example of some rad repurposing!
Check out the details and try your hand at building your own with help from Charleston Crafted.
4. Outdoor Firewood Rack with Shelves
Building a firewood rack is not as difficult as you may think, especially if you follow this step-by-step tutorial from Wilkerdos.com.
This one has multiple storage areas so you can easily separate your firewood by size into large pieces of timber and smaller kindling pieces. The corrugated metal roof is great to shed water, too.
5. Large Wood Storage Shed
This firewood holder from Lehman Lane has plenty of storage space. The wood base keeps firewood off the ground, and the metal roof helps keep moisture at bay.
This idea can be customized to hold more or less wood depending on your needs.
6. Simple DIY Firewood Shelving Unit
Ugly Duckling House shares free plans to build your own simple firewood storage rack that can be stored outside.
This simple 2×4 frame creates two shelves, and keeps the wood off the ground to reduce moisture and help keep the wood dry. Cover with a tarp for added protection from the wather.
7. Make a Basic Base
Susan from Homeroad shares a super simple DIY log holder base that you can whip up in no time! Nothing fancy because there’s no need for that. This base is all you may need.
8. Budget-Friendly Log Store DIY
If you have shopped for log stores you know how pricey they can be. Little House on the Corner can help you save money by building your own. Their detailed tutorial will show you how to build your own.
9. Rolling Firewood Cart with Class
Shayna of Wood Grain Cottage gives you all the instructions to build your own beautiful rolling storage cart for firewood…and this one isn’t short on storage capacity, or style!
This lightweight but sturdy frame can hold a pretty large pile of wood, is made with beautiful modern brackets, and has the added bonus of being able to move easily on wheels.
10. Make a Firewood Store from Cast-Off Materials
Keep all your firewood dry and within easy reach by making a small but handy wood box holder to sit outside your backdoor.
This one was created by A Farmgirl in the Making, who wisely used materials she had on hand. Don’t have the right stuff? She will give you some ideas for how to find materials you can repurpose (and often, you can find them for free), such as the aluminum panels seen here.
Outdoor Firewood Storage Ideas You Can Buy
11. Towers of Fire Power
Mike Mroz of Michael Robert Construction, and his wife and business partner, designer Ellie Mroz, brought a brilliant and beautiful wall-mounted wood storage tower concept to life for this jaw-dropping porch.
There isn’t a tutorial for this idea, but if you’re handy, it would be possible to DIY this concept with the right masonry anchors and some pipe with fittings, or check out this similar indoor DIY option.
Alternatively, we found some similar metal wall-mounted fire storage units available for purchase (click any of the images below to get more information from the vendor).⤵
12. Sleek, Sculptural Wood Storage
Parker and Coop create amazing metal, sculptural pieces for firewood storage, and these two are some fabulous examples of their work.
They prove that something super functional and kinda boring like a place to store firewood definitely need not be dull!
These are available to purchase on their website, and wouldn’t be the simplest to DIY, but if you know how to weld, you could certainly give a similar concept a shot.
You could also attempt to build something similar with wood if welding isn’t in your wheelhouse.
13. Pyrotechnic Pyramid
Cole from Crooked Crown Designs created this awesome pyramid to stash firewood. Helpful to keep the rain out, and it’s nice to look at, too! He can be contacted through his Instagram account if you’d like your own custom build.
More Outdoor Firewood Storage Options
Here are some additional outdoor firewood storage options available for purchase. Click on any product to get more information or to purchase. ⤵
Best Indoor Firewood Storage Ideas
Now let’s come in from the cold with some good ideas for keeping a supply of firewood within reach of the fireplace. Because none of us want to venture outdoors every time we need to add another log.
We’ve got both DIY ideas, as well as options available to purchase, so either way, you won’t go cold this winter!
Let’s start with the indoor DIY ideas…
DIY Firewood Storage Ideas for Indoors
14. Double-Duty DIY Firewood Storage Table
This awesome tutorial from Ana White will teach you how to make a beautiful farmhouse-style indoor firewood rack that serves a dual purpose as a convenient entryway table.
15. Modern Firewood Tower
16. Upcycled Firewood Holder
Carrie from Lovely, etc. shows us how she turned an old radio into a unique upcycled firewood storage holder.
This is a surprisingly easy DIY (and the end result looks really cool, right?).
17. Modern Minimalist-Look DIY Firewood Holder
Here is an indoor firewood storage idea that will fit perfectly next to a wood stove or fireplace.
It’s a convenient solution with a modern look (loving those hairpin legs!) which you can make, too, thanks to the tutorial from The Inspired Workshop.
18. Gorgeous Indoor Wall-Mounted Firewood Rack
Head over to Creative Pink Butterfly to learn how to make a stunning, space-saving wall-mounted wood rack that will hold your logs and look great next to your fireplace.
19. Vintage Firewood Holder Makeover
You can sometimes find old firewood holders at thrift stores or yard sales on the cheap. If you’re lucky enough to find your own thriftscore, like Martina from The Lived-In Nook did, you may also want to give yours a quick update with paint like hers.
20. Rolling Wood Crate Firewood Storage
Such a great idea from Sonja @ourcosynest. This little rolling cart is made from two wood crates. Add some casters, and you have easy, rustic, and very functional firewood storage.
21. Entryway or Mudroom Bench + Firewood Storage
Sarah from @inside_number_5 is making the most of her mudroom space by using this built-in bench for wood storage as well as seating.
22. Wall-Mounted Wine Barrel Wood Storage
I absolutely adore this cool concept from a German company, Fass Schmeide. Not only is this a beautiful way to store your firewood indoors, it’s another awesome example of repurposing.
If you have access to some cool old barrels, you could try your own DIY version, or opt to buy from the experts (link in the paragraph above) and save time!
Indoor Firewood Storage Solutions To Buy
Got wood to burn and no time to build your own storage for it? No problem.
Here are some of our favorite indoor firewood storage solutions that you can have delivered to your home…no hammer or nails required.
Simply click any image to head directly to the vendor to learn more about the product and to purchase ⤵.
That’s a firewood wrap! We hope that you’ve found these firewood storage ideas useful!
Pin these firewood storage ideas for later! And if you decide to try (or buy) any, leave a comment on the pin! That helps others know whether they want to try these, too!
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