2.4 cubic foot capacity. Heavy-duty 16 ounces waxed canvas with stitched PU handles. Front and back of bag are higher than sides. Bag-style keeps debris from falling from your wood load. Material is scratch-resistant, stain, and wear-resistant. Can be used as an oversized tote for large items. 5-inch handles can be carried over the shoulder.
Company says handles are leather, but also states they are PU leather. Flexible material does not stand up to allow easy filling with wood.
Bag has a large carrying capacity. Basket-style comes up the sides to keep debris from falling from the carrier. 36.6 by 17.7 inches. Sturdy, lightweight canvas material. Heavy-duty stitching handles. Folds up for easy storage. Can be used for carrying other awkward items such as easels.
Some users find the bag flimsy, and best for light duty.
Spacious oversized carrier. Open-ended design with two unique handles and a pocket. Waxed canvas is reinforced by rivets. Decent price.
This option may be a bit large for those with minimal wood-hauling needs.
Simply layout the canvas, place the firewood on top, and lift the handles up on each side and it becomes a tote. The water-resistant material allows this model to be loaded anywhere, even in the snow.
A few users have noted that the handles are not as durable as the rest of the tote.
This model features durable leather handles, reinforced for extra strength, and no ends so you can carry any length of firewood that you are comfortable transporting. Tote is conveniently designed to fit in indoor firewood racks.
A few users felt that the handles were just a little too long for carrying at your side.
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It’s hard to beat the warmth and comfort that radiates from a wood stove or fireplace on a cold winter’s day. However, there is a fair amount of work that goes into maintaining an indoor winter fire, and one of the biggest chores is hauling wood from your woodpile to your hearth.
A firewood log carrier can help ease this burden. With a log carrier, you can carry wood in bulk while sparing your arms, shoulders, and back some of the strain. You won’t have to visit the woodpile as many times, either, which can be a real plus.
Firewood log carriers are simple in design, but there are still a few key decisions you will need to make when choosing one.
The size of a firewood log carrier determines not only the length of the logs you can carry but also the number of logs you can carry. These products range in length from under 24 inches to over 44 inches and are usually a foot to a foot-and-a-half high.
You may be hauling up to 50 pounds of logs at a time, over and over. Therefore, your carrier must be durable. The canvas should not be flimsy, nor should the support webbing that typically lines the canvas. The majority of canvas bags are water-resistant; the best are also resistant to scratches and wear. Weak points may exist where the handles attach to the canvas bag. The best bags address this with double-stitching and even rivets for added strength.
Because logs are already heavy enough, you don’t want the carrier adding to your burden. Therefore, a firewood log carrier should be lightweight — but not so light that it detracts from durability. Without logs, these carriers typically weigh between 16 and 20 ounces. Give careful consideration before buying a carrier much heavier or lighter than this.
For ease of storage, find a log carrier that quickly folds up. Open-ended firewood log carriers typically fold easily. Some carriers with raised ends may be a bit more difficult to fold down into smaller form.
Need a hand with your carrier? Two people can easily carry their wood “hammock” style, with one person on each handle.
Firewood log carriers were once made largely from leather. These days, you would be hard-pressed to find one not made from canvas. And not just any canvas: firewood log carriers are typically made from waxed canvas that provides some degree of water-resistance.
Open-ended: As you might expect, open-ended carriers do not have panels on the ends. While this might encourage bark bits and other wood debris to fall out, it also enables you to carry wood longer than the carrier length.
Basket-style: Basket-style carriers have raised panels, either short or tall, on each end. While this limits the length of log you can carry (they need to physically fit within the basket), a basket-style carrier can leave less of a debris trail from your woodpile to your wood stove or fireplace.
The majority of firewood log carriers feature supportive webbing attached to the bag. The webbing can add considerable strength to a firewood log carrier, particularly if it is made from a cotton/polyester blend.
Handles for a firewood log carrier are usually in strap form and made from canvas or a cotton/polyester blend. Much like webbing, a cotton/polyester blend offers more strength. The straps usually fold together to create one handle, although sometimes they fold to create two handles. The best handles are padded for comfort, positioned for stability, and securely attached. Some straps incorporate Velcro, which makes it easy to fasten two straps into one secure handle.
Firewood log carriers don’t usually ship with a lot of “extra” features, but there are two that should be mentioned. The first feature is a closure strap, which often uses a hook-and-loop fastener to secure the wood within the bag. This can be handy if you need to set the carrier down and don’t want the wood to spill out as soon as you do. The second feature is rare: pockets. You will find them from time to time, but they are not common. A pocket sewn into a firewood log carrier is handy for carrying gloves, rope, or other firewood accessories.
As the majority of firewood log carriers are made from easy-to-dye canvas, you will find them in a variety of colors. These colors tend to be darker — browns, blacks, greens — for the simple reason that they will keep up their appearance long after a lighter color has given way to every smudge and stain. If you have a particular favorite color or wish your firewood log carrier to match your décor, add this to your list of “must-have” considerations.
Firewood log carriers range in price from under $20 to over $30. You will typically find these in the $20 to $30 range.
Inexpensive: Firewood log carriers under $20 are simple in design with a lightweight and less-durable build. They tend to be open-ended and on the compact side. Firewood log carriers in this range are best for those who occasionally enjoy an indoor fire.
Mid-range: In the $20 to $30 range, you will find a wide variety of carriers, some with end panels and some without. Carriers in this range tend to be fairly durable and can withstand steady use.
Top-end: If you go through a ton of wood, a top-end firewood log carrier (usually over $30) is for you. These carriers are more durable and larger than other carriers, allowing you to carry a lot of wood at once. At higher price points, you will also find added features, such as multi-use straps.
Q. If I don’t like it, can I return it?
A. You might find your firewood log carrier uncomfortable to use, or you might discover upon its arrival that it does not fit your firewood length. While some sellers allow for easy returns for any reason, others limit returns to products with manufacturing defects. Be sure you know a seller’s return policy before submitting your order.
Q. How easy are firewood log carriers to clean?
A. It can be a dirty business, hauling logs. Log carriers accumulate bark and wood debris and may also be exposed to dirt, mud, and other materials. As such, it may be necessary to periodically clean your firewood log carrier. Fortunately, the canvas used in the majority of these carriers is fairly easy to clean. Start with a soft cloth and warm water, moving up to a mild soap or even a soft brush for tougher stains. Completely rinse your carrier to remove soap residue, and hang it to dry after washing.
Q. Are firewood log carriers difficult to use?
A. Due to their simple design, loading up a log carrier and toting wood is generally pretty simple. Carriers with sides are actually rigid enough to stand on their own when you fill them. Carriers without sides are typically laid out flat. Wood is stacked within the middle of the carrier, the two handles are brought together, and the carrier is lifted.