On of the easiest shed constructions to build is a firewood shed, that’s why I recommend it as a great project for newbie DIY’ers. In this post, I’ve included some simple firewood shed plans to help you get started. The end result should be a simple but robust shed that will be able to store up to 5 cord of wood which should be enough to last most people through the winter months. The raw materials are cheap and readily available and the whole project doesn’t really require any expensive or specialist tools or techniques so, as I have said, its the ideal project for a DIY beginner or new homesteader. Of course. you should always seek advice regarding local local building codes to make sure you don’t fall foul of any planing violations and, it goes without saying that I recommend you invest in the proper safety gear and follow best working practices – its always safety first right?
I you don’t fancy tackling this project on your own, then it should be pretty cheap for an experienced contractor to build and, of course, it always pays to have a good set of shed plans 😉
As with any building project, you should invest in the best materials you can afford, especially if you are building these structures in harsh climates or exposed locations. Remember to treat the timber as well – I cant stress the importance of that as most untreated timber will start to show signs of wear and tear after just a few weeks in most circumstances.
Pro Tip: Always pre drill pilot holes, especially if your wood is damp to avoid it splitting.
Ok, on with the build…..
Here’s what you will need to build a simple firewood shed:
- A – 4 x Breeze blocks to raise the structure
- B – 3 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 108″ long, 3 pieces – 89 3/4″ long POSTS
- C – 4 pieces of 2×6 – 90 3/4″ long SUPPORT BEAMS
- I – 9 pieces of 2×4 – 94 1/2″ long RAFTERS
- N – 10 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 72″ long, 10 pieces – 96″ long SLATS
- J – 14 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 96″ long ROOFING SUPPORTS
- M – corrugated metal sheets – 140 sq ft ROOFING
- P – 4 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 96″ long TRIMS
Luckily, you don’t need much in the way of tools:
- Miter Saw
- Electric Jig Saw
- Tape Measure
- Spirit Level
- Drill & Wooden drill bits
- Safety gloves, glasses
you should be able to build this structure in a few days – weather permitting – and its best to have a helper especially when adding the roof.
Step 1: Lay the foundations. Mark out the boundaries to the required size using string and a set square
Step 2: Install the posts. Dig 4-6 holes that are between 2 and 3 feet deep for the support posts. Use tube forms and install the posts, making sure they are plumb (a spirit level or plumb bob will be fine for this) and, once secured mix and pour post concrete into the holes. leave overnight to set.
More coming soon….