Before moving to Fritchley 20 years ago, I had very little experience of a “real” fire…now I wouldn’t be without one. Nothing beats it during the colder seasons. However, if you have a log burner you will need a log store. If you buy freshly cut (green) logs, they ideally need storing for 12 months so that they dry out before you burn them. This gives better burning efficiency.
I build bespoke (made to measure) log stores to fit the space you have available. I use tannelised (pre-treated) wood and a design that allows good air flow so the logs dry thoroughly. The roof is an OSB panel which is covered with a heavy-weight roof felt; the felt is both glued and nailed down. I also use a large overhang on the roof. As the water runs off the roof this means it drips away from, rather than onto, the logs in the store. I finish off the roof with wood trims as it looks so much neater. The roof can be designed to slope either to the front or the back to suit your site. To make the log store look more decorative I can finish the sides with wooden shingles… this definitely improves the look if you can see the log store from the house.
The majority of the log stores I make are self-standing on 3”x3” leg supports. Whilst most logs tend to be about 10” long (a typical size to fit a log burner), this depth is too narrow for a log store – if it gets too high the store will get too heavy and simply fall over. My stores are deeper and will usually hold 2-3 banks of logs. You’ll be able to store enough logs to last you all winter!