Many people, even those who are avid outdoorsmen and fire builders, have never heard of the term firewood rack. A firewood rack is ultimately a storage unit for your home's firewood. It is generally a fairly large and heavy apparatus that is made of steel, and helps store your firewood off the ground, in an organized manner. It is normally constructed of two vertical support columns that are set apart at different distances depending on the size of the rack, and then one horizontal piece that lies a few inches off the ground and is connected to the vertical columns to form what looks like a giant letter 'U' (without the curve of course).
Firewood logs can then be placed on the rack in an organized fashion, and most importantly the wood is kept off the ground where it would otherwise have ground moisture seeping into it, which hinders the wood's burning abilities. Firewood that is on the ground also attracts termites and ants, and by setting it in a firewood rack that potential calamity is averted. A firewood rack also just looks nice â€“ instead of an unsightly pile of wood lying about in your yard, you have a sturdy and classically designed structure that looks professional and will be the envy of your neighbors.
As discussed, moisture is a significant problem for firewood, and keeping it off the ground negates the possibility of the wood getting the ground's moisture. However, even in a rack, the wood is exposed to the normal elements including rain and snow. That's where a heavy-duty vinyl firewood rack cover comes into the equation. These rack covers are an essential part of the firewood rack system, so don't forget to purchase one when you're buying your rack. It is incredibly important to keep the wood dry, so a cover needs to be purchased for those rainy days that we so often get.
There are many types of firewood racks, and they come in different shapes and sizes. As discussed above, the standard rack is going to sit outdoors and it will vary in width from about four feet all the way up to sixteen feet. But there are certainly smaller and more ornamental racks that you might choose to keep indoors as a type of fireside rack. The smartest course of action would be to have one large rack outdoors, such as an eight foot rack that might hold a half cord of wood, and then have a nice two foot wide rack next to your fireplace to store a night or two's supply of wood.
In summary, there are many benefits of a firewood rack: It keeps your wood organized, neat and dry, it also helps avoid termites and ants, and it just plain looks nice. If you're someone who loves to start a nice warm fire in your fireplace, do yourself a favor and go out and purchase a storage system for the wood. You'll almost by definition be giving yourself the present of better burning fires for the life of your steel firewood rack.