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Firewood is useful for a lot of purposes. Whether you like to build a nice fire in your fireplace on the regular or make campfires, or even do open flame grilling, having firewood on hand is useful. If you keep enough around as well, you’re going to need somewhere to put it.
For very small amounts, you can get away with a small stack in a cool, dry place, and for larger amounts you’ll need a shed or something similar, but for everything else: there’s a firewood rack.
They come in many different types and sizes, so let’s go over them, and then some of the best around.
Here are the best firewood racks you can buy:
- Woodhaven the 8 Foot Firewood Log Rack with Cover
- Landmann USA 8 Foot Firewood Rack
- Sunnydaze Indoor and Outdoor Firewood Log Rack Bracket Kit
- ShelterLogic Adjustable Heavy Duty Firewood Rack
- Inno Stage Firewood Log Rack with Elk Design
- King Canopy Premium Firewood Rack
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Top 7 Best Firewood Racks (2020 Reviews)
Enormous half cord capacity
Low center of gravity for increased pressure resistance
Easy to stack
Capacity may be overkill for many people
- Material: 16 gauge steel
- Capacity: half cord (roughly 200 pieces of firewood)
- Dimensions: 96” x 14” x 48”
- Total weight: 46 lbs.
This is an excellently sturdy behemoth of a firewood rack, though be prepared to pay a premium for such a durable and long lasting, high capacity firewood log rack.
The strong 16 gauge steel construction is extremely strong, far more so than any other firewood rack here, with a very low center of gravity that adds even further to its ability to stand up to pressure.
Combined with that durability is a massive size and total capacity that dwarfs everything else here: half a cord (about 200 pieces of firewood, give or take).
Obviously, this is a bit overkill for some people, but those who need this much firewood should give this one serious consideration. While expensive, it’s also built to last a lifetime, so it’ll pay for itself pretty quickly in the long run if you have a true need for this much firewood. If not, you should consider a smaller option, but the sheer quality of this one is enough for me to comfortably give it my seal of approval as the winner here.
Great size and capacity
Excellent low price
Lightweight and movable
Easy to assemble and disassemble
A bit slender; can be hard to get a good balance started
Tube steel is durable, but a raised design is always going to cause a few long term durability issues
- Material: steel (tubes)
- Capacity: 2/3 face cord (roughly 130 pieces of wood)
- Dimensions: 99.5” x 13.5” x 49”
- Total weight: 22.7” (unloaded)
This is a great large, but fairly lightweight and movable firewood rack that remains pretty sturdy due to its strong tubular steel construction.
It’s as big or bigger than most racks on this list, able to hold 2/3 of a face cord of wood, so about 8 feet long and 3 feet high; roughly 130 pieces of wood going by the average metric that a piece of wood is about 6 inches wide and maybe 2 to 4 inches tall depending on how it was cut.
This is a great size and build for a “casual but serious” user; you use a lot of wood for recreational purposes, preferring it for heating or using a lot of wood for campfires and the like, but don’t RELY on wood as your main heating source, so you don’t need something like a full shed that’s going to store a cord for the winter.
For that kind of user it’s very hard to argue with the price, which is significantly cheaper than a lot of options here, and as long as you don’t abuse it the durability should never be in question either, though I’d keep this in a relatively sheltered place (under an overhang or roof lip) so there’s less risk of the wood soaking in water and overloading the tubes. That’s the danger with anything with a bit of height to it and less solid construction.
Easy to use and assemble
Great low price
Variable size for a variety of uses
Compact and easy to store away when not needed
May not what many people are looking for
- Material: powder coated steel (brackets), wood (2 x 4 planks; not included, but necessary)
- Capacity: variable based on chosen size
- Dimensions: 13” x 4” x 6” (each bracket; brackets only)
- Total weight: 6.8 lbs.
This is a bit different than other options, but worth taking a look at. Rather than being a fully complete firewood rack, it’s just a pair of very well made brackets, compatible with any length 2 x 4 planks to make the perfect size firewood rack for you.
This is a great option for people who inconsistently use firewood, or may use different amounts each year. You can take the rack apart easily and store the brackets (and planks) away nice and neat, or even use the planks for something else if you need to.
The capacity is whatever you make it, and the sturdiness is great. The brackets are heavy duty and built to last, with the 2 x 4 planks aligned to be flush with the ground so they’re not bearing the full brunt of the wood’s weight when you place it on top. The planks will likely need to be replaced every couple of years or so, but that’s no big sacrifice all things considered, and the brackets themselves are fairly inexpensive as well, making this one of the most cost efficient log racks on the market.
It’s not for everyone, but well worth giving a second look for the usage volume a majority of people will need.
Extremely high end durability
Solidly built and sturdy overall
Easy to stack wood of varying lengths on with convenient bracing points
Overall low capacity compared to similar models
- Material: tube steel
- Capacity: 1/5 face cord (roughly 60 pieces of wood)
- Dimensions: 49” x 17” x 3”
- Total weight: 33 lbs.
Another sturdy and well made tube steel design from Shelter Logic, though significantly smaller than the Landmann model above. That puts it in a bit of an awkward spot in terms of price. While significantly cheaper, I’m not sure it’s so significant as to make up for the roughly halved capacity.
Still, it’s a decent enough price, and worth looking at if you need something that only holds a bit of wood (1/5 of a face cord), and it has some other upsides to make up for it.
For one, it’s even sturdier than the Landmann model, with double reinforcements at the ends to both make it easier to cradle your keystone woods in a pile and to increase its weight capacity.
Plus it comes with a cover to help keep water off your wood, ensuring longevity. While not adjustable in height, the cover is adjustable in terms of width, so you can put longer wood pieces under here without worry.
I’d say in terms of pure quality this is one of the best here (and certainly a lot better than most tube steel options), the problem is just purely in how little capacity it has; it simply doesn’t hold enough for someone who has serious firewood needs.
Easy to put together
Eye catching elk design
Adjustable to a smaller size if needed
A bit too expensive
Narrow; difficult to load initially
- Material: tubular steel (square)
- Capacity: approximately half a face cord (80 to 100 logs)
- Dimensions: 48.4” x 16.6” x 7.8” (adjustable to half this)
- Total weight: 33.7 lbs.
Another tube steel design, though this one is designed for aesthetics.
It has a great low construction to give it added durability on top of the already solid steel construction. The standout feature, obviously, is the nice elk pattern on the side railings, making this one perfect as an eye catching decorative piece in your yard as well as a useful tool. This one is a good candidate for a front or side yard firewood rack, if you have a good fire pit in the front of your home rather than the back.
You get approximately half a face cord of capacity (100 logs, thereabouts), which is solid capacity, and if you don’t need that much this one is adjustable in size down to 4 foot, allowing you to make good use of it even if you don’t (or don’t always) need that much wood.
The price is a bit high, however; you pay for those elk. It’s not the highest on this list, but definitely more expensive than something in the same general price range, and it’s weirdly slender as well, which might make initial stacking difficult.
Still, paying for aesthetics on something like this is nothing new, and if you don’t mind shelling out an extra $30 or so for a pretty image, it’s a great buy.
Well made and sturdy
Easy to stack
Compact with a smaller footprint than usual
Excellent for smaller logs
Nice look from the weird shape
Same weird shape that makes it perfect for smaller logs makes it iffy for normal sized ones
- Material: steel.
- Capacity: ½ a face cord (roughly 60 to 80 small logs).
- Dimensions: 13.5” x 85” x 55”
This is an interesting one. Rather than being designed to hold large or small amounts of firewood hunks, this one is made to hold a large amount of smaller wood chunks, great for building smaller, lower intensity fires.
The capacity on this one is good for what it is. It doesn’t lack length but the weird shape limits its use for larger hunks, as mentioned. It cradles and supports the smaller chunks very well but those same features get in the way when it comes to the larger, more irregularly shaped logs you typically see.
Still, it’s at a good price and well constructed, so if you have use of a log rack that’s perfect for keeping small campfires or braziers lit through the night, this is the best you’re going to get. It helps that it has such a striking appearance, so it makes a nice decorative piece as well, in a rustic enough setting.
The only issue is those legs. It’s set a little too high off the ground on those skinny legs in my opinion; it gives it the appearance of unsteadiness, and introduces another fault where things could break apart if they come under too much stress.
Comes with a full suite of fire tending tools
Perfect for light duty work
Great as a secondary log rack to keep a good amount of wood conveniently near the fireplace
A bad fit for anyone with high capacity needs
- Material: steel
- Package includes: firewood log rack, ash shovel, poker, rake, broom
- Capacity: 50 lbs. of firewood
- Dimensions: 43.5” x 13” x 30”
- Total weight: 20.3 lbs.
This last one is a great indoor fire pit storage rack. The capacity is, naturally, a lot lower than most on this list, since it’s not made to be a storage rack for all your wood for a whole season. Instead, it’s there to give you a nice place for some logs indoors next to your fire pit so you can cozy up during the winter.
For that, it’s perfectly made. The overall construction is sturdy steel, with a nice dip in the middle to make it easier to stack small amounts of logs as you need them. You can also eke a pretty nice capacity out of this one, so you could fill it up and not need to mess with it for several days afterward.
In addition to its solid performance on its own as a firewood rack, it also comes with handy tools and hooks for all your fireplace utensils: an ash shovel, a small broom, a poker, and a rake.
The only issue I can find with Best Choice Products Firewood Log Storage Rack is the price, which is where pricing for things like this gets weird. It’s fair enough for what it is, but matches the price with huge models like the Landmann outdoor option. Obviously this does not match that in terms of capacity, but it doesn’t necessarily need to; it’s specialized for light duty use, but it’s still well enough made to last you a while.
Don’t get this one if you need high capacity log storage, but by all means give it a shot if you need something compact that looks pretty nice to go in your living room or patio near an outdoor fire pit.
Gauging which of these firewood racks is the “best” is a bit difficult. In terms of construction and price, they’re all solid, leaving it down to capacity, but a larger capacity doesn’t NECESSARILY mean better, as I mentioned further up. Ultimately, I went with the Woodhaven option because it was both the largest and the best built, but its pricing also leaves much to be desired, hence why a close runner up was the Landmann model, which was almost as big (and sturdy enough), but less than half the price.
But it’s ultimately going to come down to how much wood you need to store. There’s no reason to get a model that stores a lot more wood than you’ll need; it’s just a waste of money and space.
How Do I Choose the Perfect One?
Firewood racks are pretty simple. They need to be sturdy, above all else.
Stainless steel is the construction material of choice, of course. It’s sturdy and immune to corrosion, so it can stay outside for long periods in the rain without issue. It also helps when you have a hundred pounds or more (often a lot more for the larger options) of wood bearing down on it; you want a material that isn’t going to bend or break easily.
The second factor is size, and it’s all about how much you actually need. The average outdoor firewood rack holds about half a cord; maybe 100 or 150 good sized logs. If you don’t need as much, you can buy a smaller model. In other words, bigger is not always better, by a long shot. If you only need to store 50 lbs. of wood at a time, there’s no point in getting something that can store 50 times that. It’ll often be more expensive, and always take up a lot more space.
If you can, try to find one that comes with a cover that’s breathable and short; it keeps the top wood relatively dry while allowing the wood lower down to breathe and dry out over time when it does inevitably get wet.