DIY Firewood Storage

April 25, 2022

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For the past couple of years I have watched firewood pile up along the fence in my back yard. With no designated place to store it, it drove me crazy. At the same time I’ve been thinking through how to repurpose some old pallets I had lying around. Of course I searched on Pinterest for inspiration = DIY + pallet + firewood storage. And once I had a general idea of what I wanted to build, I stopped thinking about it and got to work.

DIY Firewood Storage

The Goal: Make it simple, yet organized, and spend no money.

Getting Started

To get started I cut the pallets in half vertically which left four full boards per side panel. I only needed one pallet per storage unit and decided it would work best to have the boards stand up vertically so that the inside pieces could be used as ledges for shelves.


Using scrap wood I had lying around and exterior 2″ decking screws left over from another project, I screwed the top and bottom shelves to the ledges to hold it together. All of the wood is pressure treated which I recommend since it will be outside in the elements. The tops are decking boards and the bottom shelves were 1×10’s – both were cut 30″ wide so that the overall width is approximately 36″ wide.

The next couple of steps I did simultaneously. Since I was working on a slope I went ahead and made sure the top boards were level before adding the two middle shelves. I also wanted to make sure it was deep enough at 24″ to hold the average piece of firewood. Once it was level I added 1×4 pressure treated boards, four deep, for the middle shelves and secured them with screws.

The Roof

I’ll have to apologize here for the lack of step-by-step instructions for the roof. The truth is I just made it up as I went because as it turns out I don’t really know how to frame a roof. Using PT 2×4’s I cut both ends at a 45 degree angle once I determined the overhang. Keeping in mind that I was using scrap materials, I used some extra 2×2 spindles to hold the front and back framing of the roof together. This certainly wouldn’t hold up in a hurricane but so far it’s made it through a good rain. So fingers crossed it’ll last for a while.

The next step was to add cedar shakes for the roofing material with a water membrane between the 2×2 framing and the cedar shakes. Originally I was planning to use some metal panels I had left from another project. However, when I couldn’t find the right tool to cut them, I switched to the cedar shakes and I’m glad I did because I think it adds a little extra character. They are in an overlapping pattern as you would install cedar shakes on any project.

Firewood Storage

Wrapping Up

To wrap up this easy DIY project, I added a 1×4 board along the front of each side. This was simply for looks. I then stained those along with the side pallet panels dark brown to match the privacy fence. For a little extra touch, I added a board and a decorative piece to the top of the gabled roof.

DIY Firewood Storage

Now I have an organized place to store firewood. It’s also great for bonfire supplies like these adjusting skewers that are great for roasting marshmallows.

DIY Firewood Storage

DIY Firewood Storage Shopping List

The best part of this DIY project is that it didn’t cost me a cent. SinceI used all scrap materials the project was free. However, if you don’t have extra materials lying around here’s a shopping list for this DIY Firewood Storage unit:

  • Pallet (Check with your local hardwood or furniture stores and you can probably get this for free. I’ve also found them on Facebook Marketplace as well.)
  • (2) 1x10x10 pressure treated – cut at 30″ wide will give you 8 boards for all of the shelving (top, bottom, and two middle shelves).
  • Exterior decking screws (1 1/2″ or 2″ will work well)
  • (1) 2x4x12 pressure treated – 4 pieces for the framing of the roof
  • Sheathing or 2×2’s to hold the front and back of the gable framing together.
  • Roofing material (cedar shakes, asphalt shingles, or metal roof will all work)
  • Exterior stain (if desired)

Now that everything is in its place, it’s time to enjoy this organized area in my back yard more. Sometimes it’s the smallest projects that yield the greatest reward.

DIY Firewood Storage

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