You have this pile of wood you just-chopped. You’ve spent all day chopping it and you usually cover it with a tarp or something to keep the wood dry for your next fire. But you are finally considering something more permanent such as a shed.
Read on to see why you should consider firewood shed, how to install one, and see some of the best ones on the market.
Top 3 Picks
This is our top pick because of the high-quality material that was put into this shed, and it also has tubes on each side of the shed. Even better it has excellent ventilation and a slanted roof to protect your wood/garden tools from weather elements.
This runner up by BWN.Co is made out of high-quality alloy steel, which means it is super durable. It is firewood friendly as it has ventilation and even has a gable roof to help protect wood/other garden tools from weather elements. It has ample space and looks pretty.
The 2×4 basics made the list because it’s a simple firewood shed. It’s small but very durable. It can stand up to 10 feet.
Do you need a firewood shed?
If you live in a harsh or wet climate, a firewood shed is recommended. Wet firewood doesn’t burn as well, so when you have a dry, high quality shed that keeps them dry, you’ll have quality wood. In our opinion it’s best to get one if you have a constant supply of firewood that you don’t want wet.
Tips for installing a firewood shed
Here are some tips to install a firewood shed. It’s usually pretty straightforward, assuming you have all the tools.
- Buy a firewood shed kit that has easy instructions, predrilled holes etc. Especially if you are not experienced with building sheds.
- When you get the kit, follow the instructions to a T. Or if you are a visual learner, watch some instructional videos. Have all of your tools ready. They usually include screwdrivers, nails/screws, and a hammer.
- Make sure that the shed is sturdy enough by double checking, referring to manual.
- Store firewood and other garden tools in it (depending on how much room you have)
- You’re done! Enjoy your shed that keeps your firewood dry, or your other outdoor items protected.
Tips for storing wood
Firewood that is freshly cut is usually called green wood. Believe it or not, you can’t use it right away until they’re ripe. You’ll want to season your firewood and let it age, so that it can produce safe flames (that doesn’t release carbon monoxide, which is dangerous itself). So, you’ll need to properly store the freshly chopped wood until they are ready to burn. Here’s how to store them:
- Always keep wood outside
It might seem like a good idea to stack wood inside, but you’ll have uninvited guests such as termites, bugs, mice and more. You’ll want to keep your wood outside, preferably in a firewood shed if possible.
- Make sure firewood has access to air
Firewood loves ventilation, so being in a dry, breezy area is ideal for them. When they have no ventilation, they can rot and not age well.
- Stack them properly
Leaving your logs in a pile that you just throw it on, will result in rotting. You don’t want your hard work to go to waste. So, you’ll want to stack them properly and put them in a firewood shed, log rack or wherever it’s dry and breezy.
- Protect Firewood from the Elements
This is a no brainer for anyone who does bonfires often. If logs are wet, they just won’t burn well. If you live in an area where it’s humid or harsh, you’ll need to provide some sort of shelter to protect the firewood so they can be nice and dry for your next fire. Remember if using a firewood shed, make sure it has ventilation.
- Keep area clean
This means picking up all the scraps and kindling so that your property is always clean and ready for the next bon fire or fire inside your home.
When the wood is stored well, it will last you through all winter. Or all seasons when you want to have a fire.
The Best Firewood Sheds
We’re starting off with 2×4 basics because it’s definitely one of the best shed kits out there. While lumber is not included, the kit includes 22-gauge galvanized steel brackets, design plans and installation instructions. You will need 2×4 lumber to build this shed. When it’s all built, it should stand up to 10 feet. You only need to make 90-degree angle cuts, so it’s pretty straightforward for any beginner DIY’er or experienced builders.
The kind of style you can expect with this shed is a barn style, as it will have a barn roof at the end.
- Inexpensive ($64.99)
- Barn like style
- Easy to follow instructions
- Can be a bit flimsy
This shed by Keter is plastic firewood shed that you should consider. You get everything that you need to build this shed, except for the tools, which you most likely have. The kit includes windows, ventilation, floor, skylight, double doors, shed, 2 built-in shelves. There are of course instructions that come with the kit that tells you how to put it together. When it’s built, it is 285 cubic feet with a 65 MPH wind rating so no worry to worry about rain/wind “blowing away” your shed.
The best feature about this shed is that it has natural light coming in as well as ventilation which is good for the wood you’ll be storing in there. The style is like wood with neutral colors so it can fit in any backyards.
- Nice style
- No pests can get in
- It May not fare well in hot & humid climates as the material is made from plastic/resin
This actually isn’t a structure or kit, but it’s always good to have design plans on how to build firewood sheds. It provides easy-to-read instructions and tells you which tools you’ll need to build the shed that suits your needs.
- Easy to read
The Abba Patio “shed” is something you should consider. While It’s made with just a canopy and some steel bearings, it can keep your firewood dry. It is 6 x 8 ft so it should be big enough to store wood, smaller vehicles, or other yard items in there if you should so wish. There are other sizes you can choose from if you feel this one, in particular, is too small. There is no door to keep away termites or anything, but it is affordable and super easy to put up.
- Easy to set up
- Can store wood, small vehicles in it
- No door, pests can destroy wood
This shed is the perfect storage for wood by vidaXL because it is specifically designed to hold logs. It’s made out of galvanized steel, so you know that it’s super durable and won’t break down when you put a whole rack of logs on it. There are extra tubes on the sides for added support. There’s also a steel floor frame to keep the shed stable and even better, there’s floor slats to actually keep the logs dry, which is what we want. Even better, there’s a roof that is a slope so that rain can’t get on it. The dimensions for this shed are 130″ x 36.2″ x 56.7″/60.2″ (L x W x H).
- Easy to set up
- Will protect logs from rain
- Made out of steel
- It can be flimsy
Here we have a firewood rack by Hanover that is worth considering. It is made out of weather-resistant galvanized steel, so you don’t have to worry about durability or rust. It’s also a simple design, so it can fit in any area. You should know that there is a sloped roof design which means the rain will not be able to get in. It’s fairly easy to set up when you follow the instructions, and the dimensions are 61x85x35 inches (H x W x D).
- Made out of steel
- Logs will stay dry
- Instructions for set up can be confusing
This is one of our favorites by Leisure Season because it is a proper firewood shed. What’s even better it has a dedicated area for logs, and an area to store other things if you should choose. It’s very easy to set up if you follow the instructions. The material is of course made out of high-quality wood. One of our favorite things that we like about this shed, that it has ventilation, which firewood loves, so that’s always a plus. So, this shed would look amazing in any backyard due to its wood design and the dimensions are 29 x 69 x 72 inches.
- Good ventilation
- Made from high-quality wood
- Easy to set up
We love this BWN.Co Shed because it’s made out of high-quality material, the alloy steel. That means it is super durable. This shed is about 5 x 6 so that means there’s plenty of space for logs, or whichever garden tools you’ll want to put in it. It has ventilation, which we always love, because it means you’ll have quality firewood when it comes time for a bonfire because firewood loves air. The BWN.Co shed also comes with a gable roof, which will add extra protection that is very useful against rain, snow, and high winds. As far as setting up, it is very easy to set up, as this shed gets sent in two boxes, with clear instructions and holes already drilled. The dimensions are 78.74”L x 62.99”W x 78.74”H. For the style, it looks like a nice wood one that will fit in, in any backyard.
- Lots of space
- Nice design
- The roof offers extra protection
- Can be flimsy
Finally, we have the Safstar shed that you should consider if you’re looking for storage for your firewood. Made out of fir wood and metal, you know that it is very durable and won’t break down anytime soon. It has a 220 pounds storage capacity, so you can put in a lot of wood if you want. A cool feature that we like about this shed is that it has swinging doors, making it convenient when you just want to open one side to get something. This shed has elevated feet, which means there’s less chance of moisture making it ideal to put firewood or anything that’s prone to moisture in here. It’s a beautiful rustic shed that would fit in any backyard and the dimensions are 30.5″ x 22″ x 28.5″(L x W x H).
- Rustic looking
- Fir wood
- 220lb capacity
- Swinging doors
- It may not fit everything you want in here
Is it cheaper to build a woodshed or buy one?
It is cheaper to build one and the instructions are usually very easy to follow, even if you don’t have building experience. But if you want the convenience, you can pay more and get one that’s already done.
Will firewood dry in a shed?
If it’s freshly cut and the shed is well ventilated, yes. It also helps if the logs were stacked properly to ensure proper airflow which means it will dry properly.
How do you build a firewood to store a shed?
It’s easy to build a firewood pile. You get some lumber/fallen trees, and you start chopping away until you are done. Remember to stack them neatly in your new firewood shed or log rack.
Where firewood should be outside?
Preferably in a firewood shed, but under any shelter that will keep it dry with lots of ventilation.
Choosing a firewood shed can be a fun thing to do. Consider what kind of sheds or storage space that you need to keep your firewood in. This guide touches on a lot of things to consider, so hopefully you’ve found what you’re looking for! If you have enjoyed reading this guide today, please let us know and leave a comment below!