There’s nothing quite like coming in from the cold in the winter to a wood-heated home. Rosy-cheeked, and sniffly-nosed you stomp the snow off your boots at the door and instantly the warmth from the stove envelopes you.
Or maybe you enjoy cozying up next to the fireplace with a good book and a mug of tea. In either case, there really is nothing quite like the warmth generated from a wood fire.
Wood heat has a way of making even your bones feel toasty.
But it’s only a matter of a few days of using the fireplace or the wood stove and soon you’ve got wood chips and pieces of bark scattered over the floor. You’ll be running for the broom every time you bring in firewood.
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Wood heat can be as messy as it is cozy.
Using a firewood rack to hold your firewood when you bring it inside keeps it up off of your floors and helps to cut down on the mess.
Some folks prefer having a wood rack just outside their home on a porch or at the back door. This makes for easy access and helps to keep most of the mess outside. Others prefer keeping firewood inside right next to the wood stove where you can get to it. This also means you don’t have to worry about wet wood.
If you store your firewood inside or outside the house, I think you’ll find the perfect storage option here.
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First, let’s start outdoors.
Outdoor wood racks are a good option if you have the extra space as they tend to hold more wood than indoor log racks.
Outdoor Firewood Racks
You can put seasoned wood on your log rack and have it close to hand without needing to put your boots on and trek out to the log pile every time you need wood. Outdoor firewood racks are often more utilitarian and practical because of their larger size.
Woodland Direct’s Woodhaven 4′ Outdoor Firewood Rack is a great outdoor option. This sturdy US-made firewood rack is made of 16 gauge steel and is welded and powder coated. It’s built to last and the perfect size for the back porch. The rack comes with a canvas cover to keep your wood dry.
If you have the room I would suggest their 8’ Woodhaven rack. Keeping dry, seasoned wood close at hand during the winter months makes heating your home so much easier. Because let’s face it, no one likes stomping through the snow to the woodpile late at night because you’re out of wood.
The do-it-yourselfer who wants something good and solid can use their own 2×4’s with this firewood bracket kit to make a rack the size that they need. Rugged and sturdy, this is a great option for the no-frills utilitarian.
If it’s easier to keep wood on your front porch, then you’ll definitely want something that is both practical as well as pleasing to the eye.
Porch & Backdoor Firewood Racks
A steel firewood hoop is a classic and timeless design that looks attractive next to your door. The very presence of a stack of firewood outside your home is a welcoming sight.
If you need something a little smaller this two-tier firewood rack is perfect to keep right next to the front door. Keep your kindling in the top rack, and your logs in the bottom. You don’t even need to put your shoes on, just reach an arm out your door. This would also be a great little rack to keep next to your outdoor firepit.
Choosing a log rack for in your home means finding something both practical and good looking.
You want something that is going to be sturdy but fit in with your décor. I’ve collected some of my favorite options that are sure to look great no matter what your tastes are.
Indoor Firewood Racks
This iron firewood rack folds up for easy storage during the warmer months. The overall design works great with nearly any decorating style. If you have a fireplace in a smaller space, this log holder is a great choice.
Made from steel and finished in antique bronze, this beautiful cut out firewood ring brings a touch of art-deco to your home. The bronze and soft curved lines will catch the firelight, giving warmth to your hearth. This rack is both practical and elegant.
The Industrial look is incredibly popular these days, and this industrial log holder/carrier suits the look perfectly. The hard lines of this rack are softened by the canvas and leather in the integrated log sling. You can use the detachable log sling to bring in wood from outdoors and simply slip it back into the frame, keeping your floors neat and tidy. It’s compact and sturdy, the perfect little log holder.
How about this sweet house-shaped log holder? It’s sturdy and charming, simple enough to fit in with any decorating style. And it comes with a fireplace tool set.
And finally, my favorite option – this all-in-one steel rack is built to hold your firewood and all the paraphernalia that goes along with tending a fire. It has shelves to keep gloves, matches, homemade firelighters, and kindling on. The set comes with fire tending tools as well. It’s really the full package – practical, sturdy, beautiful and classic. This firewood rack would be great indoors or outdoors.
Let’s not forget the mess created from carrying your firewood inside.
If you’re bare-armed you end up all scratched up. If you have sleeves on then your sleeves get covered in splinters and wood chips. And we’ve already discussed the trail of firewood litter that’s left behind on your way to the stove.
Having a firewood carrier solves both of these issues.
A firewood carrier needs to be able to stand up to repeated use, so it needs to be made of durable materials that can withstand the wear and tear. Choose a sturdy carrier made of heavy-duty canvas.
This waxed-canvas log carrier from L.L.Bean is an excellent option. The waxed-canvas makes it water repellant, and it comes in three different colors for you to choose from. It looks great too with the combination of leather and canvas.
Duluth Trading Co. offers another great log carrier. Again, it’s made from a heavy material, Duluth’s proprietary Fire Hose canvas. The sling-style of this carrier makes filling it up easy. And with four different colors to choose from, you can match it to your décor. Duluth is well known for making rugged products that are meant to stand the test of time. With its 5-star reviews, this log carrier seems to be no different
Keep your fire burning hot and your floors neat and tidy this winter with one of these beautiful yet practical log holders.
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