Build a canopy yourself for firewood

Good air circulation is essential to ideally store firewood. When building a roof yourself, this should be considered in advance. In addition to the relatively airy construction, the roof should definitely keep out enough rain and snow, even if the wind blows away the precipitation.

Basic indicators

Firewood can only burn and heat as well as the storage location allows. Normally, the wood needs about two years of airy and dry storage in order to develop the ideal residual moisture.

A shelter for firewood can be built against a wall or free-standing. In any case, it is important that the air circulation works well and that the eaves of the roof have sufficient overhang.

Often there are transitions between house and garage or between two buildings. This reduces the static construction effort and often saves the laying of foundations.

Important aspects and factors in planning

Ventilation and soil

A slatted construction or pallets are recommended on the floor. At the side, vertical or horizontal paneling with ventilation slots is ideal. The width of the slots should be adapted to the respective weather side.


Wood is offered in solid cubic meters, cubic meters, layered cubic meters or in loose cubic meters. In addition to this dimension, it also plays a role whether one meter long logs are bought or logs that have already been cut to the length of the fire (25 or 33 centimeters). Before building your own shelter with a roof, you should decide which type of wood is to be stored. It should be noted that the solid cubic meter is not a relevant measure, as wood without gaps is not ventilated and therefore molds faster than it dries.

Vintage sorting

Firewood is used and refilled. In order to ensure a permanent supply with suitable residual moisture, especially during the heating season, a three-chamber principle under the roof is recommended. Depending on the time of storage, the "ripe " wood is then burned. A lettering with chalk indicating when the wood was put into storage helps with the organization.

Tips & Tricks Of course, when planning your size, you should also include the estimated amount that you will burn in the winter season. Ideally, you set up a consumption chamber, a reserve chamber, and a replenishment chamber.