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The type of indoor firewood rack you want will depend on how much space you have available, where you’d like to keep the firewood, and how much wood you plan to keep inside. Here’s some of the best ways to store firewood indoors for your fireplace, wood stove, or just to keep it dry!
Best Ways to Store Firewood Indoors
As someone with a wood burning fireplace in the living room I know first hand what kind of hassle firewood can be. If you don’t have the luxury of some built-in storage, then you’ll need something to put firewood in so it’s ready when you need it.
If you just burn wood occasionally, a smaller rack positioned near the fireplace is probably fine. On the other hand, someone who uses wood heat in their home, like with a wood boiler or stove, will need more substantial storage to keep the fire going during the cooler months.
Where Can You Store Firewood Indoors?
Firewood can be stored almost anywhere in the house. The biggest thing to keep in mind is that wood is usually messy – bark and other debris often falls off and makes a mess in the home.
Wood can also scratch your floors so take care not to stack it right on your flooring.
Finally, unseasoned or semi-seasoned firewood will take longer to dry out indoors, so keep that in mind before planning to store wood inside.
This isn’t always an option, but it’s really handy if you burn a lot of wood to have a dedicated wood shed. Ours is situated next to the garage in the front of our home so it’s easy to bring wood in for the fireplace all year long.
If you don’t already have a dedicated space, almost any shed can be used as a wood shed as long as it has some protection from the elements. Wood sheds are also great if you need to season your wood before burning.
The garage is usually a handy place to stack firewood, especially if it’s attached to the house. The biggest downside here is that it takes space away from other things you need to store in there – including vehicles.
To keep things clean and the wood dry, stack firewood on a large rack closest to the door.
An unfinished basement that is otherwise under-utilised is the perfect place to store firewood inside your home if you want it out of sight. Of course, it is a pain to haul wood up and down the stairs if you’re burning in the living room or outdoors.
Some people have wood stoves or furnaces in the basement, though. If that’s where your fire burns then stacking the wood close by is ideal. Like the garage, use a large rack to keep wood corralled off the floor.
Next to the Fireplace
Assuming you have a living room or bedroom fireplace, a rack that holds a small amount of wood is a great option for convenience and decor. It can be set on the ground in front of the fireplace and easily moved when it’s in use.
Or consider finding room for a slightly larger rack if you go through a lot and want to save the trip to fetch more.
Finally, it’s not a bad idea to include the firewood in your decorating. Some people put built-ins around the fireplace that hold wood, or use shelving to house a quantity of wood. This is great in the cabin!
When all else fails, stack firewood (or extra wood if you keep some near the fireplace) inside a closet so it’s out of sight. Try and find a tiered rack that fits inside, or consider adding custom shelving.
Best for Storing Large Quantities – Artibear Firewood Rack
I love that this rack comes in both 4 and 8 foot lengths, which each hold ¼ or ½ of a face cord, respectively. The sturdy design will hold up to repeated use, which is great if you burn a lot of wood over the season.
It’s also one of my favourite picks if you need a good-sized rack to stack firewood in the garage or basement. But, that being said, the design is nice enough that it wouldn’t look bad in a living area either.
- Holds a large amount of firewood
- Sturdy, holds 2500/4500 pounds
- Available in multiple sizes
- Plastic caps on the feet protect the floor
- Can be secured to protect it from toppling
- Might be too large for some indoor spaces
- Legs do not adjust so you may need to shim it if the floor isn’t level
- Needs assembly
Best for Easy Transportation – Firewood Log Cart Carrier
This is not the prettiest choice on this list but the convenience makes up for that, in my opinion. This handy cart acts as a dolly to help move your firewood inside when you’re ready to burn. It’s also great for unloading when you get a delivery or pick up wood.
It also holds a decent amount of wood so there’s nothing saying you can’t load it up when you’re ready to light the fire and park it nearby, rather than unloading. Super convenient!
- Makes firewood easy to move around, even on uneven ground or up stairs
- Good quality wheels
- Can be used as storage
- Not attractive to store wood inside (better if you bring it in when you need it)
- Can be heavy to move when completely full
- Assembly is a bit complicated
Best Traditional Holder – Amagabeli Fireplace Log Holder
This is your classic fireplace log tray. It only holds a few, but it’s enough to get your fire going if you just want to enjoy a small fire in a wood-burning fireplace. What’s handy is it can easily be set at the base of your fireplace when not in use, then moved out of the way with the handle.
A tray like this is also handy for holding kindling or other fire starters if you already have a larger wood storage rack nearby.
- Nice accent piece for a fireplace
- Can be moved around easily and used to transport small quantities of wood from somewhere else
- Helps contain some of the mess of firewood
- Only holds a small quantity of wood
- Tricky assembly for such a small piece
- Needs to be loaded evenly when carrying or it will tip
Best Vertical Rack – TQVAI 2 Tier Indoor Firewood Rack
If space is limited but you still want a good amount of indoor firewood storage, consider going with a taller rack. I like the 2-tiered ones like this because the wood is less likely to slip as you pull from the pile.
Along with holding firewood, there’s a couple little hooks near the top that can hold your kindling or tools, which is a nice touch. It also comes with a carrying bag to make loading easier.
- Great combination of space-saving and storage
- Racks can be separated into two or stacked
- Assembly is easy
- Works best with wood that’s cut on the smaller side
- Rack holds a good amount, but is still on the smaller side
- Possible tipping hazard if you have young kids
Best Modern Firewood Rack – DOEWORKS 23 Inches Solid Steel Log Hoop
This is another smaller rack that’s perfect if you just want to store a little bit of firewood indoors. While fireplaces are usually part of traditional decor, it’s becoming more popular to incorporate wood burning fireplaces or wood stoves into modern decor.
What I like about it, besides the unique design, is how sturdy it is. Once loaded don’t expect this rack to topple easily. However, it should also be noted that due to the design (you stack the wood inside the hoop) it’s also not super easy to move around when full without the wood falling out.
- Unique design for a firewood holder; modern
- Very sturdy, made from steel
- Holds a decent amount of wood, 3-4 fires or a day’s worth depending on how much you burn
- Works best with wood that’s cut uniformly
- Can be a pain to load, since you have to stack carefully
- Base doesn’t attach very well, but it doesn’t affect anything once the wood is loaded
Best Ways to Store Firewood Indoors – Conclusion
The best way to store firewood indoors is with some kind of rack. Not only does a rack help keep your firewood dry, it also prevents the logs from slipping or your stack from falling down as you remove or add wood.
If you need to store a large amount of firewood inside, it’s best to do that in a wood shed, garage, or your basement; ideally in a place that’s convenient to fetch wood from. Those who use wood stoves, boilers, or furnaces to heat their home may prefer to stack large amounts of wood near their heater.
Folks who just need small amounts of wood for an indoor fireplace, on the other hand, may prefer to use a smaller decorative holder for wood. You can either store wood outdoors or inside (see above) and refill your smaller holder from it regularly, or just purchase small quantities of wood at a time if you don’t burn regularly.
Regardless of how you choose to store your firewood indoors, having seasoned wood on hand is going to make using your fireplace or stove much more enjoyable.
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