For people who live in the north, winter can be a mystical time of year when snow covers the land and makes everything seem like a fairy tale. It is a chance to snuggle down in your home and spend time with your family. The only drawback is that due to the severe cold you need heat and lots of it. This is where a nice fire comes in. Fires are an excellent source of heat while also helping to add a little touch of magic to your home.
The problem with a fire is that it needs plenty of fuel if you are going to keep it burning through the winter. Most people burn wood rather than coal since it is cheap and readily available. Wood does, however, take up a lot of space and needs to be kept dry in order to burn.
Generally, people stack their wood outside on the floor, but having to go outside to fetch it every time you need another piece is not a practical idea, especially in winter, and that’s where a good fire rack comes in.
With so many different designs on the market, we have put together a list to help you find the best one without having to spend hours and hours shopping around.
(L x W x H)
|Sunnydaze 4-Foot Firewood Log Rack||indoor|
|steel||49 x 13.5 x 48 in||16||1/4 cord|
|Firewood Cut Wood Rack Holder||indoor|
|steel||18 x 14 x 14.5 in||10.1||1/8 cord|
|The Woodhaven 5 Foot Firewood Log Rack||outdoor||steel||60 x 14 x 48 in||37||1/4 cord|
|Pleasant Hearth Heavy Duty Log Rack||outdoor||steel||1 x 14 x 48 in (can be adjusted to any length)||8.6||full cord|
|Panacea 15203 Deluxe Log Rack||outdoor||steel||48 x 14 x 48 in||18.1||1/4 cord|
A brief guide to the things you should keep an eye out for when buying a firewood rack
When it comes to buying a rack for firewood, few people give it more than a few minutes’ worth of consideration. To be honest, this is completely understandable. Buying a firewood rack is certainly not the most interesting thing you will ever do but it really is worth spending that little extra time just to make sure you get the right one.
The average firewood rack can range anywhere from 3 to 12 feet in length and up to about 6 feet in height. Designs and style can vary quite considerably.
Firstly, the larger firewood racks are designed for outdoor use and obviously will be too large for indoor use. You only need about 20 to 50 pieces of wood indoors, depending on their size and thickness, at any given time. This will allow time for all the wood brought in from outside to fully dry out while you burn the remainder of the previous load.
The larger firewood racks tend to be heavier as they have to support much more weight and therefore require thicker metal frames. Some are designed to be screwed to walls to give them added support while others are designed to be freestanding. Generally, it is good advice to always buy a metal rack as these definitely last longer than the alternatives and are much stronger.
So far as indoor racks go, when you find a rack design that you like, you will obviously need to make sure that it will fit the space where you intend to put it.
If you are bringing in wood that has been sitting outside on the ground, then you will probably find that as it dries, pieces of dirt end up falling off the wood onto the floor below. You should, therefore, take care to place the rack on tiles that will make any mess easy to clean up. If the only option is placing the rack on a carpet, then you should try to buy a rack that has a solid metal tray or bottom on which you place the wood. This will stop the dirt from falling through and ending up in your carpet.
Another important thing to consider when it comes to an indoor rack is the chance that for whatever reason you will need to move it around. If you are likely to need to pick it up while there are still logs inside, then you should make sure to buy a sturdy design that has a thick metal frame. Some designs are not meant to be moved and therefore have flimsy frames that do bend easily under pressure.
Our Top Choice
Sunnydaze 4-Foot Firewood Log Rack, Log Rack & Cover COMBO
It is made from a 1 mm thick tubular steel that has been powder coated to prevent rust. Though this 30 mm diameter tubing is strong enough to happily hold steady when stacked full of logs, it has not been designed to be moved when fully loaded.
Though designed as an outdoors rack, it can still be used indoors, provided you have space. The rack has a good sized space underneath that allows air to circulate in order for the wood to remain dry. It comes with a really great cover that has a helpful Velcro fastened front flap which allows easy access to the wood without the need of removing the whole thing.
Another nice thing about this rack is that it is available in a double sized 8-foot design that allows for twice as much wood to be stored. This is a really handy feature for people who find themselves getting through a fair amount of firewood every winter.
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||49 x 13.5 x 48 in|
|Storage Capacity||1/4 cord|
|Rating||(4.8 / 5)|
- Weight 16 pounds
- Easy to assemble
- 1 mm thick tubular steel construction
- Powder-coated finish to prevent rust
- Can store up to 1/2 face cord of wood
- Includes durable water resistant cover
- 1-year manufacturer’s warranty
- Also available in 8-foot-long design
- Not the most attractive design
- Customers have complained about not receiving all the correct assembly screws with their rack
Firewood Cut Wood Rack Holder with Scrolls
This really classy rack is the perfect addition to any home. It has been designed to be used both inside and outside the home, though truth be told, its storage capacity is severely limited so far as outdoor racks go.
It is 18 inches in length and can hold between 10 and 25 logs. This feature, along with the fact that it has a solid bottom tray which prevents dirt from falling, makes this design the perfect indoor firewood rack. It is really simple to setup and has a thick metal frame meaning that you can easily move it around should the need occur.
If you are looking for a really elegant rack for inside your home this winter, then this is definitely the one for you.
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||18 x 14 x 14.5 in|
|Storage Capacity||1/8 cord|
|Rating||(4.7 / 5)|
- Easy to assemble
- Looks great
- Not a great storage capacity
The Woodhaven 5 Foot Firewood Log Rack with Cover
Weighing in a 37 pounds, this firewood rack is definitely a heavyweight when it comes to strength and durability.
The design utilizes square shaped metal beams to give it added strength and rigidity. The frame is held together by nuts and is arc welded together to increase strength even further.
The whole rack has been powder coated to make it even more long-lasting, and given that it has been constructed in the USA, it will give you added peace of mind that it is made to last. It comes with a front opening vinyl cover that is fully waterproof. This cover allows air to flow inside to help to prevent mildew and to ensure the wood remains dry.
Though you will have to reach a little deeper into your pockets to pay for this rack, it is definitely worth the extra money for people who want a really sturdy outdoor firewood rack that will last many years into the future.
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||60 x 14 x 48 in|
|Storage Capacity||1/4 cord|
|Rating||(4.5 / 5)|
- Powder coat finish
- Made in the U.S.A.
- Includes cover
- Very study design
- In the higher price range
Pleasant Hearth – Heavy Duty Log Rack
For those people who really love to overload their log rack this is definitely the best option. It is an outdoors rack that has one innovation which allows it to hold just about as much weight as you can put on it. Rather than being a self-supporting frame, it uses two wooden slats that run across the base for weight support. This means that it can hold serious weight as literally, the wooden slats would have to disintegrate in order for it to break.
The rack is easy to assemble and is adjustable too. To reduce the length of the rack, you only need to slide in the side frames and refasten them where you want them. This is a handy little feature for people who perhaps don’t have enough firewood to completely fill it and need the extra space.
The only drawbacks to this rack are sadly it doesn’t come with any protective cover, which you must purchase elsewhere separately, and the fact that it needs level ground to stand on. Also, its life expectancy is reduced as the two wooden slats sit on the ground where they absorb water and therefore will rot over time.
Available in both a 4-foot and an 8-foot design for extra storage.
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||1 x 14 x 48 in (can be adjusted to any length)|
|Storage Capacity||full cord|
|Rating||(4.4 / 5)|
- Can be adjusted to any length
- Heavy duty steel frame
- Easy to assemble
- For outdoor use only
- Made in the USA
- No cover
- Needs to be positioned on level ground
Panacea 15203 Deluxe Outdoor Log Rack
This rack offers people on a budget the chance to get hold of a really good quality product at an extremely reasonable price. It is well designed and though the build quality might not be quite as good as the more expensive racks on this list, it nonetheless does the job.
Available in a 4 and 8-foot design, it is another rack that sadly lacks a cover, though the frame’s thickness and design do make it very sturdy. Even when full, you can attempt to rock it but won’t get it to move much more than an inch.
This is a much loved outdoor log rack that is definitely excellent value for the money.
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||48 x 14 x 48 in|
|Storage Capacity||1/4 cord|
|Rating||(4.3 / 5)|
- Outdoor rack
- Plenty of ventilation space
- Long lasting powder coated
- Available in 4 foot or 8-foot design
- Not the best build quality