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Old October 26th, 2013, 03:40 PM   #1
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I want to build a rack on my front porch to stack my firewood instead of having to go to the barn to get it. I don't want it to get wet/snowy but would rather not use a tarp to cover it due to it being at the front of my house. My wife and father both suggested building a small roof over the rack.


Thinking about just a 2x4 frame with 2x4 uprights at different heights front and back with a plywood roof. It will be up against the house so it will be protected on the back side.
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Sounds like the right idea to me. Also put 2x4 runners on the bottom to stack the wood on to keep it elevated and allow airflow.
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Old October 26th, 2013, 07:34 PM   #3
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Need to get it at least 12" off the ground to keep it dry. If you ever look at the side of a building and see where the dirt line is then you get the idea.

I've seen people use corrugated polycarbonate sheet for a roof over their wood racks when they're in front of their house. It looks OK. The sheet I'm talking about is what you usually see on top of people's pole barns for letting light in.

So it looked like:
two 2x4x8 spaced 12" apart with four 2x4x4 vertical. Attached to the top was two more 2x4x8 spaced 12" apart. For the roof, they bent the plastic in a half moon shape and screwed it to the top 2x4x8. They had it sitting on rounds. I usually use 8x8x16 concrete blocks.

I usually use two 2x4x8' with two pieces of 2x4x24". I space the 2x4x8' at 12" on center. I then set it on three 8x8x16 concrete blocks equidistant from each other. For the ends I use 6' T-posts. I use 9x9 tarps to cover the wood, held at each corner with a bungee cord. Not very pretty but the neighbors have to look at it and not me.
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One thing to think about is the direction the open side faces. North or east are the best choices to keep rain and snow from coming in. I also disagree that the wood needs to be 12 in off the ground, pallets work fine other than things building nest under the pallets.
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