With winter closing in, it is time to think about staying warm here on the farm. Our primary means of heating our home is with oil, but we also burn a few cord of wood each year. And one problem we face is the best way to store it.
If you need to store firewood, you need to do this in a manner that holds the wood off the ground. A firewood rack will help with this, but there are so many on the market that you might be confused over which to get. There are a few points that you should consider when looking at firewood racks which will help you select the right one.
The Size You Need
The first point to consider is the size of the firewood rack that you need. An indoor firewood rack will generally not be able to hold as much as an outdoor one. Additionally, you will be limited to the space that you have for the rack within your home.
To determine the size you need, you have to carefully consider how much wood you would use in a single day. This is very important for indoor racks as they are used to make the wood more accessible. When looking at an outdoor rack, you should plan how much wood you would like to have available at any one time.
The material which is used to create the firewood rack should also be considered. These racks are generally made from metal, wood or acrylic. When considering the material, you should think about the strength, longevity, and durability that it offers.
Steel is generally considered the most durable, but it will not always be the best because of the price. Other metals might rust and this will cause a problem in your home and outside of it, depending on where the rack is located. Wood racks will need to be treated to ensure that they last and they could crack, warp or be attacked by insects.
A lot of people do not consider the design of their firewood rack and this is a mistake. You need to ensure that the firewood rack suits the overall décor and style of your home. When looking at the design, you should not only consider the shape of the rack, but the size and color as well.
One of the big factors in choosing a firewood rack will be the budget that you have. The price of these racks varies greatly depending on the material, size, and design. Knowing your budget before you start looking at the racks will ensure that you never set your heart on one that is too expensive. You will also be able to narrow your options when you do this.
If you are on an extremely tight budget, this YouTube video shows how to make your own rack: