Anyone who heats the home with firewood or uses a fireplace needs to learn how to build firewood storage shed to keep firewood dry and easy to get. There are lots of firewood shed ideas that you can use to build a shed, but you need to choose the right one that suits you best.
Although many people are satisfied using a combination of pallets and tarps, this doesn’t work for lots of people who live in a windy area, where tarps take a beating every year and end up not faring too well from the weather.
If you also live in such kind of areas and just want to keep your firewood organized at home, then you need to build a fixed, stronger structure to create a home for your firewood.
Although you can choose plans according to your needs, in this article, I’ll share a simple but most effective plan to build a woodshed. Let’s get started…
First of all, you need to collect all the material needed to build a shed. I recommend the following materials:
- 2 – 2 x 8 x 14’ pressure treated
- 5 – 2 x 8 x 4’ pressure treated
- 6 – 14’ decking planks 5 1/2” spaced 3.5” apart
- 3 – 2 x 8 x 6’ for front posts
- 3 – 2 x 8 x 4’ for back support posts
- 3 – 1 x 6 x 16′ planks for roof support
- 4 – 80” decking planks
- 4 – sheets 48” x 84” metal or similar for roofing
Here is a list of tools that you’ll be required when building a shed:
- Miter Saw (12 inches recommend)
- Orbital Sander
- Kreg Jig (K4)
- Tape Measure, Ruler, Pencil
- Clamps or Jack-Clamps.
- Circular Saw
What you need to build first is a four foot by fourteen foot deck base, which is made up of the 2 x 8 boards. Set the four foot boards of 2 x 8 properly to create the inner bracing and the ends of the base.
With the two ends attached, lay the other 3 boards at 3½ feet on center. When attaching the back and front posts, make the deck level right by lowering or raising it.
You can go with six posts in total – three 4 footers for the back and three for the front of the shed design, which will give you a roof pitch you need. Make use of required tools (Hammers, pins, nails, and gums) to tie the posts properly.
To support your roof, you can attach four-deck planks to the back and front posts at the right angle and height to match the roof pitch. 2 x 4’s would be fine here and easier to screw the joists into, but why buy stuff when you can use what you already have, right?
Above the deck, planks go the 16‘roof joists, and you can use rough sawn 1 x 6 boards for this. Using 16’ roof joists will give you a 12” overhang on the sides of the woodshed.
Making use of metal roofing would not be so expensive. However, you can choose wooden roofing as well. For your shed, you will need 48” x 84” metal sheets or similar material for roofing. Use roofing screws with the rubber washers on them to attach the roof to the joists.
After completion of the roof, your shed would be ready. You can paint or color your shed to give it an elegant look. You can, now, keep your firewood dry and organized well at home.
Before building your shed, choose the place carefully. Gather all the material and tools required to avoid hassle during the work. Moreover, always follow the safety precautions and wear safety gears to avoid injuries.