Our Top Tips for Owning a Log Store
A well-made and cleverly designed log store ensures the most effective firewood. It can also become an attractive addition to any garden. The new range of outdoor log stores from Grangewood Fencing provides exactly that. They also come at an affordable price.
All of our stores are constructed using pressure treated timber which provides additional protection against rot and fungal attack. However, there are some things you should take into consideration when choosing storage for your firewood:
- Does your log store need ventilation?
- Should your store have doors and shelves?
- Where is the best place to put a log store?
We answer all of these FAQs and more below. Of course, if there is anything else you’d like to know about outdoor log storage or our log stores, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.
Why use a log store for your firewood?
There are several benefits of owning a log store. The most important being that they ensure your firewood is kept dry. Keeping your logs dry means that you can get the most out of your wood. Burning logs that are not completely dried out will provide less heat and much more smoke.
Condensation can also be a problem as this can create a residue in your chimney which turns into sticky tar. Not only can this cause a blockage in your chimney, but it can also be dangerous. The sticky tar residue can break away and falls into the fire.
How does a log store keep your logs dry?
We’re no strangers to rain here in the UK. It makes sense that all of our outdoor log stores feature a sloping roof to ensure effective run-off of rain. An elevated base will provide a platform above the ground to prevent moisture from seeping in from below. Ventilation is also an imperative feature of a log store to avoid problems with humidity and mould growth. This is why all of our log stores have the option of slatted sides.
Where is the best place to put your store?
Your store should be south-facing so that it benefits from the sun, preferably exposed to wind or a draft. All of these elements will ensure that your firewood has the best chance of staying dry and rot-free.
A level surface is also advised for your log store as it will become very heavy once full. An even surface will help to keep your store stable so as to avoid any danger of it tipping over.
Should I add doors and shelves to my store?
There are advantages and disadvantages to owning a log store with doors. Some people feel that doors help to create a tidy and more aesthetically pleasing area for your logs. Other people prefer the exposed look.
However, the appearance is just one consideration – you also need to take into account the practicalities involved. On one hand, doors will help to keep any wet weather directed at your firewood at bay. On the other hand, if moisture does get into your log store, doors may create a greenhouse effect. In warmer weather this could expedite mould growth and rot. If you do opt for doors, you may benefit from leaving them open sometimes during warmer weather. Ultimately, it will depend on how exposed to the elements your log store is. It is always advisable that you check the condition of your logs sporadically. Our log stores also come with an optional shelf which is ideal for storing your kindling.