How to Build a Firewood Shed By Yourself

This video shows how I made a heavy-duty woodshed for upstate New York. I had no plans, I just made it up as I went. Roof pitch is 2.5:12 Ive seen some sheds with steeper roofs and they just look weird to me.

20 Replies to “How to Build a Firewood Shed By Yourself”

  1. Great video. We need to build a wood shed and this design is great. After reading through all the comments there is one q I didnt see asked…how do you make the rafters? Or did you buy them pre notched? Or is there a simpler way to pitch the roof without needing the notching?

  2. Thanks for sharing this…am about to embark on a one man woodshed project as well and really like this approach. And it does seem way easier than using 4x lumber to double up 2x lumber.

  3. After 4 and a half years, how is it holding up? What changes, if any, would you make if you had it to do over again? Thanks in advance, for your answer. It does look great, kudos for solo construction!

  4. I would add some kind of anchors in the ground to attach to the shed. I built something like this several years ago and have had it fall over while loaded completely with wood. It didn't actually fall over, it was blown over. We get some very strong winds here where I live and now have it attached to the side of my trailer with 2x4s to keep it upright.

  5. Sorry you are in Upstate NY, but the wood shed looks nice. I have looked at several wood shed vids and yours is the nicest one. I need to build two or three of these for my little farm. We use a lot of wood every winter. Thanks for Sharing. Jim in Chile

  6. Your frame is better supported than your joists are. The vast bulk of your wood weight is only supported by joist hangers. You should have put cinder blocks under them as well.

  7. Hi Jim….I just built my shed with a 6:12 roof. Thanks for your detailed video. I just need the metal roofing which just arrived today…. we live at 3200' elevation, so do get some snow…sometimes a foot or more. So I used your ideas for the floating base and frame supporting the uprights. I used your idea of using screws to hold it together until I got all the uprights plumb and in line. Then I lag screwed the uprights in place once everything was plumb and square (or at least almost!). Because of the snow load, I decided to have a 6:12 slope with metal roof material which will shed the snow quickly and relieve stress on the structure. I overhung the roof on the more open and higher front side by about 2 feet, and about 16" on the lower back side. In today's steady rain I noticed that the flooring is almost completely dry. So I am very pleased with how it is turning out. I made my roof support beams from doubled 2x6x14' doug fir (sandwiched around 1/2" PT plywood cutouts): then I screwed on plywood supports on the edge and middle of these beams, so that I was able to install these without any assistance. I learned to use 'sketchup', which enabled me to draw up a basic plan, and that made doing the project much easier to visualize. To install the 4×8 plywood roofing, I pushed each piece up from the low side, and had a couple 16D nails in the lower fascia that I could twist upward so that they could hold the 4×8 in place while I got on the roof and then tack-nailed them in place. While doing this I actually tied my self off with rope to a tree on the opposite side of the roof ridge so that I wouldn't slide off. I may install a roll-down tarp on the front side for real nasty weather and snow to keep the wood dry…and then roll it up out of the way for most of the year.

  8. Nice looking design and build job. I am impressed. I'm just a DIYer myself.
    In researching for my firewood shed I did look at soil load bearing capacities, so I was wondering how you're held up with soil settlement issues. My other question is on dryrot, but it may be too early to tell.
    Those support 2×6 's which you said act as ledgers for your roof joists: I am wondering about water getting between the vertical 2x's you nailed together and causing dryrot…. Although it sounds like a strong support for your roof I wonder if it is really needed since the real weight bearing job is the frame for the firewood. Although you do have a snow load….I am wondering if using 2×6 rafter supports sandwiched on either side of your uprights (front to back) would give as strong of support with less chance of dryrot.

  9. Nice job. A little over built and there's nothing wrong with that!! I would suggest alternate floor with lateral 2×6 joists and 2×4's lengthwise with 1 inch gaps between them, increasing floor airflow in opposing direction of firewood.


  11. Your video is terrific on so many levels. It is tremendously helpful how you show the different stages of work, explain your design decisions, and mention building supplies and dimensions. I recently finished my woodshed, singlehandedly as well. Modeled after your clever and solid design.

  12. Bravo! You did a great job I really love you design and I think what I'm going to do is use your basic design and build my own. I'm going to have to modify it a tad by adding doors to mine as we live in a mobile home park and I have to secure it. But other than that I really like what you did. I'm going to save this video for reference. Thank you

  13. Very nice but I can probably guestimate that all the material cost well over $2000. Why not just by an outdoor metal shed for $900 from Lowes? Just wondering?

  14. Jim, Could you tell me how high you made the front support beams and the rear ones? I will be using your design over the holiday weekend and would like to precut my lumber. Thanks for this video; very helpful as I will be soloing this build.

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