Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Wood rack part: many

If you've read back through the archives you'll realized I'm somewhat obsessed with storing firewood. The original mk1 firewood rack at camp had about had it so it was time...


This is actually two mk2 mod2 firewood racks. While the rack at home hadn't rotted out it didn't have a top so my wood would end up wet. Its almost just as easy to cut out two firewood racks at once as it is to cut one. You can see on the right where I started assembling one, thats actually a mistake, the block should go inside the long 2x4s, the way its built in the picture the uprights will be too close together...


The mod2 version features a less steep roof pitch which should result in better wood coverage, its one piece for the uprights and of course the 4x4 blocks underneath. Everything except the roof is pressure treated.

The original mk2 model had a plywood roof with metal roofing over it, this one just has the metal roofing but has twice as many stringers (as in I put them on proper 16" centers this time) to make it strong.



It sits on the same site as the original mk1 and while it doesn't hold quite as much wood it will keep the wood it has much drier and cleaner.


Since cold weather has arrived in central MA I've been using up the wood in the mk1 wood rack at my house in preparation for installing the second mk2 mod2 there, I still need to source the metal roofing. One of the design specs in this one is to make it work with a single sheet of roofing and fortunately I'd thought to bring my angle grinder to camp to cut the roofing. This also ensures we have good overhangs front and back, the roof structure is 27"x48", the metal roofing is 32"x52", that will make sure the wood is covered and the roof structure itself is protected.

The next structure I need to work on at camp is the shower house. When I originally built it I didn't think about roof overhang so the rear wall never really dries out. Thats awful hard on the OSB sheathing. My solution is to put metal roofing over the existing asphalt shingles. That roof is 48"x79" so I want more like 54"x83" for the roof. Metal roofing comes in 36"x96" sheets so I think I can make it with just two sheets. We've got some scraps from the camp roof if I make a mistake...

1 comment:

BizarkDeal said...

HIO Firewood Rack from Bizarkdeal

First off what I want to say is that this large firewood rack by HIO fits a lot more wood than I first expected it to. It comes in 4 pieces with all the components you need to put it together except for tools. It comes in two sides and two bottom pieces which are 5 foot long. It took my fiance about 10 minutes maybe to put this together, but he use a socket wrench to make it easier. It is very thick quality metal with a very beautiful black finish on it which looks very nice and allows you to nicely stack your firewood. One thing I have to say about this is the fact that it since it does not come with a cover so it would be best to use indoors as you don't want to get your firewood wet if you live in a rainy area. Would be perfect for keeping firewood neatly stored in a garage. However you could also buy a firewood rack cover for it so you can use it outdoors as well (which is what I plan on doing). I did look for a cover for it online, and I see lots of covers. However usually they come in increments of 4 feet and 8 feet in length so this 5 foot steel firewood rack is a little bit of an odd man out when it comes to size, and therefore harder to find a cover for. I like the fact that you can move it like a few inches away from your wall so that you can make sure mold doesn't grow behind it. And it is rather thin so it can lean against a wall and not seem to take up too much space. You do have to have wood that is cut a specific length to fit on the rack however, (too short and it will fall through) what I did was use larger pieces of wood at the bottom and then stacking smaller pieces of wood on the top. Definitely think this is a quality product, and well worth the money, I just wish that it came with a cover.