Fuel prices are soaring and wood is once again a popular choice for heating your home. Keeping firewood off the ground and dry is vital to a strong, warming flame. A firewood shelter is a great way to keep firewood dry, off the ground and away from your home. Firewood left on the ground will rot and eventually decompose. Often times people stack wood behind their house or garage put piles of firewood attract wild animals and termites, two things your home could do without.
To build a cedar shelter, build a 2" x 6" frame 8 feet long and 2 feet wide. Fasten the lumber with lag screws for maximum strength. Then add on 2 x 4 end posts. One sides posts should be 4' tall, the other 5' tall. Once posts are up, tie them together with 2 x 4 rails.
Now it is time to construct the roof. Miter cut four roof supports. The end supports should run 4 to 6 inches past the post. Fasten them with deck screws. Once the roof frame is assembled, install beveled cedar lap siding as singles. Spiral nails hold the siding in place through fierce winter winds. After the roof is complete, wrap the sides with three rows of siding to keep snow off your firewood.
To finish the job, apply an exterior wood stain to help protect the shelter from the elements. The shelter appears permanent, but since it is free standing, it can be moved to any location you desire. Not only is the shelter flexible, it can easily handle an entire face cord of wood.