Wood rack for the hearth...whatcha think?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Bster13, May 3, 2013.

  1. Bster13

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    My Wife won't allow an "ugly" wood rack on the hearth. So I was thinking of this one:

    http://www.cb2.com/industrial-wood-storage/s605380

    Seems like it'll hold a decent amount of wood to dry out a bit on our large hearth (not too close though) and she likes the looks (She like modern type stuff, not rustic).

    Can anyone find something else cheaper?

    Any downsides to something that is open like that? (I guess if there are bugs in the wood they'd get out, but I don't envision this rack holding more than a day or two of wood anyway so it won't be sitting around forever).

    Thanks.
     
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    Made in India. Need I say more?
    If the "Boss" likes the look, approach a local steel fabrication shop and get a quote to have on fab'ed up. Expect it to weigh more, and cost more, but it's not going to tweak and deform when you stack it full.
     
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    Wrought iron hoop? I lucked into one at the stove store that they had been using, but wanted to move out. Got a 40" for $40.
     
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    I bought one those back when Home Depot carried them for 25 bucks.. Well made of solid square stock in the USA too ;) .. Great hearth accessory that holds lots of wood!

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    You answered your own question. Id be too concerned with the bugs and am always wary about storing wood indoors. Mine stays out in the stacks then a ring on the porch. Ive been burning wood long enough to see all kinds of insects and critters in the bark and wood itself. I know a lot of people on the forum store inside or in a garage, but that would definately concern me.
     
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    I fully agree with logger.
     
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    Sprinter that's a nice little unit for under $20. I like the hoops / rings but I think I might have to look for that on the Canadian HD site. What do you use out on the deck?

    I'm also leaning towards a decent size rack on the deck by the back door here. I do bring wood inside for a weekend burn now, but once we're full time residents, and burning more, I wonder if we'll start seeing more crawly things appear.
     
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    My stacks are very close to the house, probably too close but it is what it is. I guess I want to make sure I have a sheltered area to stage wood before it goes in the stove. My stacks are covered in plastic, but the sides of the piles are open to the elements and I worry most about having to bring wet/iced wood in and throwing it directly into the stove.
     
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    Right now, I just have some large plastic storage containers with lids because the deck is not covered (yet). I think I'd lean toward one of those large rings if under cover. I also have a long 1 cord stack just off the deck about 2 or 3 ft high which is not too ugly lol. I may put a hinged lid over that for cover and looks.
     
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    Right. That's the best reason (other than convenience) for a container of some kind in the house IMO. It doesn't have to be too large because it will dry quickly. Bring in a new load as soon as you stoke the stove and you'll always have dry wood.
     
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    I'm with you on that. While I wouldn't store much wood inside, I do have a rack that holds a little over a days worth. I just fill it every evening. The wood is always warm and dry, but the biggest benefit is my wife doesn't have to go hiking through the snow to load the stove. If I had a covered porch right outside the door, then I probably wouldn't bother. Since I don't, keeping a bit indoors is totally worth it. The quantity of ants and spiders I see in house during the winter is about 0.001% of what I see in the summer when there's no wood in here. YMMV.
     
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    Ahhhh....no
     
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    The bugs don't survive around here after a few cold winter days... at least I've never seen any in the wood that goes in the house.


    Cheaper? A guy could build that one in the link for maybe $20 in materials.
     
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    Store outside/covered porch and get yourself a condar tuffduck to bring in a big load. Someone one here recommended that thing and I love the heck out of it. I've contemplated getting another one just to balance the weight when carrying ;)
     
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    I remember that post by DianeB. Even if you have to bring in wet or frozen wood, with two of them, you can always have one load of warm dry wood available. Also, they would keep the mess (and bugs) in the bag, so much cleaner. Any basket or rack is messy as heck. I like that idea.
     
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    It's seriously a prize possession during winter in my house. I've actually been using it to haul my tools back and forth to a scrounge recently. Fiskars, saw, hatchet, hedge clippers, come along, sledge and wedges.
     
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    Tuffduck looks like a quality item. I have an older similar product handed down from my Dad but it's pretty much worn out. Might be a good time to order replacement(s). Thanks jdp for the heads-up.
     
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