The Landmann firewood rack is one of the most popular firewood racks on the market, alongside the Woodhaven and Shelterlogic models. In this review we’ll take a deep dive into the Landmann rack and see how it stands up against these key competitors.
Our selection criteria for this rack include: size, build quality, cover quality, and ease of construction.
Landmann 8 Foot Firewood Rack
An 8 foot firewood rack is likely to hold 2/3 face cord, which is about 1/4 of a full cord of wood. In lazy man’s speak, we’re talking about this rack being able to hold 200 – 250 logs that are about 16″ – 24″ long.
8 foot is usually a good sized log rack is usually enough for a small family, especially if you’re looking to store this wood close to the home or in a garage and leave the rest of your stockpile to season farther from the house.
Additionally, we like that you can also deconstruct this rack and remove pieces so you can have a smaller rack if need be. This would be good for a small substitute rack in a hallway, for example.
So overall, we think 8 feet is good for a small family’s stockpile.
The Landmann 8 foot firewood log rack is made of tubular steel posts designed for quick Ikea-style assembly. The steel has a powder coat finish to help it to withstand weather over time.
One of the things we like most about this is that it’s got a lot of legs through the middle of the rack which prevents sag over time. This is impressive and better than most competitors at this size. Note that Landmann sells a different 8 foot model with less legs, but the one linked to on this page is to the model with more legs.
But there are some downsides, too…
Primarily, the end pieces are constructed of two separate steel posts that need to be attached at the middle. This mid piece attachment appears to weaken the integrity of the end pieces and may cause them to buckle under weight when the rack is full to the top.
Not all 8 foot firewood racks come with a cover, but the Landmann model does. For that, we give them kudos. This cover is full-length, which can help protect all the wood from the elements. However, note that many people prefer covers that only shelter the first foot of the wood stack. This is because allowing the wood to be exposed to wind and sun from the side helps it to season more quickly over the summer months.
The big downside, though, is that the cover is known to be flimsy. It’s likely that you’ll end up needing a newer, upgraded cover much before the rack itself loses its luster. The real downside for the Landmann brand, we think, is that their inclusion of a thin cover gives it a feel of failing to stand up against the premium models like the Woodhaven.
This 8 foot firewood rack from Landmann is not the best in class (we stand by the Woodhaven model for that), but it does have some nice features. We’re impressed by the ease of construction and the amount of leg pieces to prevent sag. However, there have been too many complaints from online reviewers about the quality of the cover and steel tubular design to rate this one as the best firewood racks on the market today.
Overall, the rack will do the job of holding firewood off the ground to allow your wood to cure over the summer and keep it from frost in the winter, but it’s more likely to appeal to the budget conscious consumer who’s willing to sacrifice some premium features for price.
How to Season your Wood on a Firewood Rack
Once you’ve received your firewood rack, ensure to split the logs and leave them on the rack over the summer to allow them to dry out. When the wood is starting to crack at the ends and going a pale (even grey) color, you know it’s ready to burn smoothly.
As noted above, this model comes with a full-length cover. It’s worth taking the cover off on warm sunny days to allow the sun and weather to do its work seasoning the wood for you.
Where to Store your Wood
It’s best to store wood far from the house , especially if you live in an area that’s prone to wildfires. The pile of wood is a fire hazard, and if it goes up in flames, you don’t want it to be near your home.
When it’s time to burn the wood, bring in small amounts at a time into the house and stack it in a safe place ready for use.