Heating With Wood: DIY Wood Tote and Wood Rack

My whole house is heated by wood. I have a huge respect for this natural resource. We have a woodstove that heats the house, a small woodstove in a detached studio, and an even smaller woodstove outdoors that heats up a wood-fired hot tub on our deck. To say that wood supplies the heart of my home would be an understatement.

Even in cold climates, heating with wood has its pros and cons. I’ve delved into the subject before here at Care2. For the record, this year we (my son) cut and stacked all the wood from downed trees on our property. No trees were destroyed in the heating of my home. (You can catch a glimpse of my son sizing up the wood for the heating season here)

Woodpiles entice me. Just viewing images of seasoned, cut and stacked wood make me swoon. When I recently wrote about all that swooning, I came across two DIY projects that I knew I had to whip up to support my workhorse – the woodstove.

Whether it’s a woodstove or a fireplace that warms your hearth, these two projects are sure to make you feel toasty.

DIY Wood Tote

I absolutely love this wood tote from Whipup. Not only is it functional, it’s stylish and the creator of the project says, “I made this firewood tote to help move all the logs to the house site. This firewood tote sews up super fast, and will make carrying wood to your fireplace, or building a house just a bit easier.”

Log Rack From A Vintage Fireplace Cover

This Old House editor, Amy Hughes demonstrates in this video how to build a log rack out of a vintage fireplace cover. You’ll need carpentry skills for this, but the instructional video walks you through the steps and the result is truly inspiring.

Photo Credit: Whipup


Bill L.
Bill Lewin4 years ago

If you don't care about your neighbors health then burn just know WOOD SMOKE IS TOXIC. EPA approved Wood Stoves don't cut it either. they spew out horrible toxins even if and when they are used properly .Just stop burning .

Dorothy L Robinson
Dorre R4 years ago

The American Lung Association "strongly recommends using cleaner, less toxic sources of heat. Converting a wood-burning fireplace or stove to use either natural gas or propane will eliminate exposure to the dangerous toxins wood burning generates including dioxin, arsenic and formaldehyde” see http://www.lungusa.org/press-room/press-releases/cleaner-alternatives-for-winter-heat.html

These are really horrific, toxic pollutants. Other toxic pollutants known as PAH, for which wood stoves are the major source, have been shown to cause genetic damage in babies, according to measurements in umbilical cord blood. Even worse, the damage is associated with a 5 point reduction in IQ when children start school and increased risk of behavioral problems such as ADHD.

With 1 fireplace or wood stove causing as much pollution as 1,000 cars - http://www.grreporter.info/en/fireplace_pollutes_air_much_1000_cars/8814 - if there's one thing readers of this page can do to promote Healthy Living - improving health and reducing pollution - it's to get rid of that wood stove - either yours or explain the health problems to a neighbor in the hope that they will be concerned enough to follow the advice of the American Lung Association.

Jonh Doe
7 years ago


Barb F.
Barb F7 years ago

The heat from a woodstove is so much more warm than it is from any oil heated furnace, far less expensive as well. I concur that cutting only downed trees for logs is best, to be carried carefully in it not being too much weight or that it's shifted to one side of the body.

Tori W.
Past Member 7 years ago

Great Ideas! I love heating with wood in the winter! However, I had already purchased our log rack and tote. They are similar to the ones here and work quite well too.

Dan R.
Dan R7 years ago

For carrying wood, I use a noose of rope, or maybe a belt with a conventional buckle, and carry it over my shoulder. Of course this is mainly for camping, where I don't mind some bark debris.

ruth a.
ruth a7 years ago

We have a very efficient furnace that heats all three floors and the water heater. We, too, only collect down trees. We split and sawed much of it by hand, saving the chain saw for just the last, biggest pieces. When we were done, we had 30 cubic meters stacked to dry and move into wood rooms and the cellar. Not bad for two middle aged women from the city.

Alice D.
Alice C7 years ago

I installed a high efficiency wood furnace in my living room when I built my home in 2001. It is vented to the rest of my home and has outside air supply for combustion...Love it ! : )

neil a.
Neil A7 years ago

I absolutely depend on woods to heat & have 3 stoves, but luckily with 3 acres & many trees always need to trim & burn I burn even the smallest stuff & 1 stove is good for cooking & heating water, it is potentially dangerous to have fires in the garden for much of the year so I accumulate a lot. I live some distance from neighbours so do not pollute them.

Kay L.
KayL NOFORWARDS7 years ago

I enjoyed my wood-burning stove when I lived in a northern village. What I didn't enjoy were the ants, spiders and other buggies that came indoors with every load of wood. I hated chopping wood outdoors in -40 temperatures; but when I put a load of wood in an unfinished basement room, not only did the buggies multiply, but when I missed while chopping, I split my basement floor! Also, constant splinters in the carpets.

So, with my next house, I had my fireplace converted to gas. Way easier to maintain and clean, and absolutely no bugs coming indoors, and no more splinters in the carpet. And just as warm as the wood-burning stove.

On the other hand, I grew up with coal-burning stoves. Wood-burners are way cleaner, but don't seem to put out as much heat.