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DIY Fire Wood Holder
DIY Fire Wood Holder

One of the best things to do on a cold winter evening is to sit near a fireplace to enjoy the toasty warmth and soft light of a good fire. Because seasoned firewood is dry wood, it’s important to keep your stack dry and off the ground. That’s why a good indoor firewood holder is key for homes that have a fireplace. Want a better storage solution for your firewood? This easy DIY firewood holder system would be a perfect weekend project for you!

The DIY fire wood holder featured here was built after seeing a similar idea from a catalogue. It was perfect but it was also priced above what some of us are willing to pay. And why spend money when you can make one using materials you might already have or can source for free or with very little expenditure?

DIY Fire Wood Holder
Fire Wood Holder

You can use reclaimed or leftover lumber and old plumbing pipes in building this rustic firewood holder. Now isn’t that a good addition to your fireplace?

Better still, by having it on wheels, you can take it close to the outdoor woodpile to load and then bring it back inside.

We say it’s better than the ones in the catalogue! It will also look good with a white base and metal-coloured pipes.

Building a Fire Wood Holder

Want one for yourself? Start gathering all the materials you’ll need!


  • 2×4 Lumber
  • 2×4 Pine Lumber
  • Drywall Screws
  • Plywood
  • Brad Nails
  • Walnut Stain
  • Heavy-duty Wheel Casters
  • 2” Lag Screws
  • Black Spray Paint
  • ¾” diameter Plumbing Pipes
  1. 4pcs of 60” length
  2. 4 pcs of 5” length
  3. 1 pc of 18” length
  4. 4 pcs elbows
  5. 2 pcs T’s
  6. 4 pcs Floor Flanges


  • Sander
  • Circular Saw
  • Hammer
  • Drill

How to construct a DIY firewood holder?

1. Make a box

Make a layered box, we recommend 2x4s and for the outer layer, we can use 1x4s.

2. Make the base

Make a three-layer base screwed using drywall-type screws. Make sure the base will be strong enough to hold the pile of woods.

Over the frame, I nailed in an 18×28 plywood sheet with brads and sanded the ends to make them straight. Coat it twice with a Minwax water-based walnut stain to give a darker satin finish.

Then turn it over, bolt-on casters underneath with 2” lag screws.

3. Make the Frames

Next, we can now build the plumbing pipe frame. Since flanges are galvanized, we can paint these with black paint. We bolted our 2” lag screws to the base after the pipe fixture was tightened together.

Thanks to The Cavender Diary for this great project. You can get the full step-by-step instructions here

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Design Variations for Different Home Aesthetics

Enhancing your living space with a DIY fire wood holder not only serves a functional purpose but also adds a stylish element to your home. Whether you’re aiming for a minimalist look or a cozy, rustic vibe, there are several ways to customize your fire wood holder to match your interior design preferences. 

Below are some design variations to consider:

Modern Rack

For a modern aesthetic, consider using clean lines and minimalistic designs. Opt for metallic pipes with a chrome or brushed nickel finish. Pair these with smooth, unstained wood or even a high-gloss painted plywood for a sharp, contemporary look. This style fits well in urban lofts or homes with a modern minimalist decor.

Industrial Fuel Holder

To capture an industrial chic look, integrate materials like dark iron pipes and reclaimed wood. The natural wear and patina on the wood add character, while the ruggedness of the iron pipes provides an urban edge. This design works great in spaces that already feature industrial elements such as exposed brick or metal fixtures.

Country Stack

For a rustic, country-inspired design, choose materials that evoke warmth and homeliness. Use distressed wood and opt for oil-rubbed bronze or aged copper pipes. You might also consider adding decorative elements such as carved wood details or using barn wood for added authenticity. This style complements homes with a country theme or those featuring natural stone and wooden beams.

Coastal Cabinet

If you’re looking to evoke a breezy, coastal feel, paint your fire wood holder in light colors such as soft whites, light blues, or seafoam greens. Pair this with whitewashed wood and fittings in a matte silver finish to mimic the relaxed vibe of a seaside retreat. Ideal for beach houses or homes with light, airy interiors.

Each of these design variations can transform a basic fire wood holder into a statement piece that not only holds your wood but also enhances your home’s overall aesthetics.

Maintenance and Upkeep Tips

Maintaining your DIY fire wood holder is essential to ensure it remains both functional and visually appealing for years to come. Regular upkeep helps protect the materials from wear and environmental damage, especially important if the holder is used near a heat source like a fireplace. Here are practical tips on how to keep your fire wood holder in top condition:

Regular Cleaning

  • Wood Components: Dust and clean the wooden parts of your holder regularly with a soft, dry cloth to avoid dust buildup. If the wood is treated or painted, you can occasionally use a wood cleaner to maintain its finish and protect it from stains.
  • Metal Pipes: Metal pipes should be wiped down with a damp cloth. If you notice any signs of rust, treat them with a rust remover and apply a protective sealant designed for metal to prevent further corrosion.

Moisture Control

  • Protective Coatings: Apply a waterproof sealant to the wood to prevent moisture absorption, which can lead to warping and mold. This is particularly important if the holder will be used in humid areas or outdoors.
  • Indoor Humidity Levels: If the fire wood holder is indoors, ensure that your home’s humidity levels are controlled. Excessive indoor humidity can accelerate wood deterioration and metal corrosion.

Periodic Inspections

  • Check for Wear: Regularly inspect your fire wood holder for any signs of wear or damage, such as loose screws, weakening joints, or chipped paint. Addressing these issues promptly can prevent more significant problems later.
  • Stability Checks: Ensure that the holder remains stable and secure, especially if it’s on casters. Tighten any loose fittings and consider adding additional support if the holder tends to be heavily loaded.

Damage Repair

  • Touch-ups for Scratches and Chips: Use matching paint or wood stain to touch up any areas where the finish has been chipped or scratched. This not only improves the appearance but also provides a layer of protection from further damage.
  • Replacement Parts: If any part of the holder becomes too worn or damaged, replace it immediately. Regular maintenance will help you identify when components need replacement before they fail.

Enhance Protective Measures

  • UV Protection: If your fire wood holder is placed near a window or in a sunlit area, consider treating the wood with a UV-protective varnish. This helps prevent the wood from fading and degrading due to prolonged exposure to sunlight.
  • Anti-Slip Pads: For holders with casters or movable parts, use anti-slip pads underneath to prevent movement that could scratch floor surfaces or destabilize the holder.

Seasonal Adjustments

  • Winter Care: In colder climates, if the fire wood holder is used outdoors, ensure that it’s covered or moved to a sheltered location to protect it from snow and ice. These elements can hasten rust on metal parts and rot in wooden components.
  • Summer Preparations: During hot and dry months, regularly check for any cracks or splits in the wood. High temperatures can cause the wood to dry out and crack, which compromises the structural integrity.

Deep Cleaning Techniques

  • Annual Deep Clean: Once a year, give your fire wood holder a thorough clean. For wood, use a mixture of mild soap and water and for metal components, consider using a specialized metal cleaner to remove grime and oxidation. After cleaning, allow all parts to dry completely before reassembling.
  • Oil Metal Components: Apply lubricating oil to metal joints, especially if they are part of a movable assembly. This keeps the joints functioning smoothly and prevents rusting.

Aesthetic Upgrades

  • Refresh the Finish: Every few years, consider refreshing the paint or stain on your fire wood holder. This not only keeps it looking new but also acts as an additional layer of protection against the elements.
  • Decorative Enhancements: Update the look of your holder by adding decorative elements such as metal accents or ornate wood carvings that can be easily attached to the existing structure.

By following these maintenance and upkeep tips, your DIY fire wood holder will continue to function effectively and look great, enhancing the warm and inviting atmosphere of your home.


Building your own fire wood holder is a rewarding project that enhances the functionality and style of your home. With custom design options, you can create a piece that perfectly fits your decor and meets your specific needs. Regular maintenance ensures your fire wood holder stays in excellent condition, protecting your investment over time. Enjoy the satisfaction and convenience of having stylish, accessible firewood storage right where you need it.

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