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The final lograck

It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly seventeen months since I wrote the first entry in SPISBLOG’s Journal.

That first post was about a surplus of firewood we got as a result of some mature trees being removed and what I did to get that wood ready to season.

This afternoon’s work was the closing chapter on that firewood post.  The remainder of that firewood was moved to our new house and the last  log rack was decommissioned.

The back story-

Back in 2005, our neighbor had a tree taken down and just stacked the split wood along his back fence.  He stacked it on the ground close to the fence, restricting air circulation around the woodpile.  Within a few months it was a nasty, waterlogged, racoon infested, mildewy, mess (which is still there today).

I resolved to not let our woodpile end up like that.

My solution was a series of simple yet affordably constructed log racks made from pressure treated 2×4’s and deck screws.  When they were no longer needed I could simply disassemble them and reuse the lumber for other projects.

The design is simple, efficient, and time-tested.  It kept the wood up off the ground allowed for good air circulation and ample sunlight which helped the wood season quickly.  I kept them covered with strips from an old tarp.   The entire rack of wood is in excellent condition.   Pest free and well seasoned.

A free set of plans, in PDF format, can be found here.

Here’s an interesting book I’m planning to check out all about  woodburning- “The Woodburner’s Companion” by Dirk Thomas

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seasoned wood on seasoned lograck

seasoned wood on seasoned log rack

Example of the racks I made-
spisblog_lograck_plans.pdf

To help familiarize myself with the recently installed Inkscape Vector Graphics Program (on my Linux box), I created a simple plan for the log racks I built last fall. This was my first use of this application, so the drawing is not to scale and can use a fair amount of refinement.

From my experience this simply designed, inexpensive to build, log rack can support a lot of weight. As I mentioned in my previous posts I loaded them up with freshly split oak and maple in the fall. I set them on some inexpensive concrete patio pavers so they wouldn’t sink into the muddy ground during the spring thaw and rainy spring. They made it through the hard Midwest winter and very wet spring with ease. A couple of the racks were on a slight slope and were not level when I loaded them. They ended up twisting out of square, but they held together just fine. The ones that were level look as good and true as the day I built them.

The first (proof of concept) rack I made didn’t have the middle support. One of the long 2×4’s broke under the load. There was a knot in the middle of the 2×4 that caused it to fail. I suspected it was going to have problems because the long run was sagging a bit within a month of loading it. I just never got back to install the middle support. I used more care when selecting the boards for the long runs of the other three racks. They all held up fine.

I found that I like these racks better than the metal tube racks. They are wider, more stable, hold more wood, look better and are easier to cover. They fit my needs for a cheap, simple, efficient way to store a surplus of firewood. It got the wood off the ground and helped it season without getting moldy, rotten of full or rodents.

Here’s an interesting book I’m planning to check out all about  woodburning- “The Woodburner’s Companion” by Dirk Thomas

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