Shingling a Firewood 'Shelter'

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Forum topic by Bergman posted 05-20-2014 11:11 PM 1176 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-20-2014 11:11 PM

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So I’m not totally sure where to ask this, if this is even the right website to be doing so, but here goes anyways.

I’m building a firewood shelter to keep it out of the rain and snow. It’s nothing special, so the ‘roof’ is just a single sheet of plywood on a slant. I read somewhere to pick up some ‘liquid roofing’ which you just coat it and it makes it waterproof, have no idea what it is or where to buy it so I’m thinking of just shingling the thing.

My question is this, if the top side is shingled can I leave the bottom side of the plywood bare? it will be completely open because it has no walls or anything, just boards going across to keep the firewood from falling out. It’s 5/8” plywood, obviously the only rain that will be hitting underneath would be from very high wind sideways rain, but I live in Southern Ontario, so it’s not like we constantly get hurricane weather.


p.s. Do I need to use roofing felt?

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#1 posted 05-20-2014 11:22 PM

Slap some shingles on and all is good. You hear all sorts of reasons why felt paper is needed or not but none of the reasons really apply in your case. If you are concerned about the underside, a good water seal should last a very long time as it shouldn’t get wet often. Install a small 2 to 3 inch face board across the front top and even less chance of water running under.

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#2 posted 05-20-2014 11:27 PM

I agree with Travis. I would probably do nothing to the underside. I would use any roofing material on the top. Roll roofing, shingles, metal. Anything to keep the water off. The metal might turn out to be a little dangerous if you walked into it. Just any roofing to keep the water off the plywood.

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#3 posted 05-20-2014 11:58 PM

Bergman, I have a firewood shelter because my wood stove (Lopi) specifies that the wood should be seasoned for at least one year. Instead of building a building for it, I purchased a steel garage with the roof and no sides for about $600. I has worked perfect in the past 11 years or so… It keeps the wood dry, no foundation needed, it can easily be moved and you can store other things in between the piles. If I wish to enclose the sides, it can easily be done with plywood and/or metal siding.


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#4 posted 05-21-2014 12:59 AM

I did exactly what Mrjinx did. I was looking at building my own, then one day I was walking into Walmart and saw the carport, did the math, and spent the extra time fishing. I used metal roofing along the bottom edge on the sides to keep rainwater from splashing in onto the ends of the outermost logs. Works great.

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#5 posted 05-21-2014 12:59 AM

Thanks guys, sounds good. I’ll just go out and buy a couple stacks of shingles and slap them on. I actually need to buy a sealer for an outdoor workbench I’m working on, which isn’t very big, so if I have any left I’ll put that on the underside.

Thanks again!

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#6 posted 05-21-2014 01:38 AM

Wouldn’t use shingles, they aren’t designed for a flatter slope. Just buy rolled roofing and a can of tar. Should do things quickerr and easier.

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#7 posted 05-21-2014 11:23 AM

I built this one five or six years ago and used tar paper and rolled roofing. Could have done without the tar paper. I did run a bead of roofing tar under over lapping seams using a caulking gun. Store both fire wood and wood for turning, completely dry inside.

-- Bill

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#8 posted 05-22-2014 10:18 PM

I looked into rolled roofing a little bit and it looks as though it’s only sold in large rolls. It’s only a 4’x8’ sheet of plywood. It has a 6” rise over about 45”

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