I put my cherry up on 2x4's which are on top of brick. Each of my areas for smoking is 4'x4', with t-post for ends. The wood is normally 2-3" in diameter, is outside and uncovered. Like a mini fire wood rack. Also since I get cherry in my fire wood, I have much cherry chunked up and dry.
Ron, 1 little Chief top loader, 1 UDS (90% built) 1 mini UDS (in plans)