It's time to find the best log store for your home and make sure it's well stocked. After all, there's a chill and the scent of wood smoke in the air, which can mean only one thing — winter is almost upon us. With the arrival of the colder season, households with log burning stoves or open fires will be thinking about sweeping their chimneys and getting a good supply of firewood delivered to see them through the frosty days ahead.
In order to burn efficiently, firewood needs to be stored in a sheltered spot with good air flow — and log store ideas designed specifically for this purpose are the ideal way to do this.
It is best to store firewood outdoors as better airflow can be achieved, but it is also useful to have a log basket indoors next to the fire in order to keep a small quantity to hand.
Our round up of the best log stores around for outdoor firewood storage has something for everyone — from those after something suitable for small gardens, to homeowners wanting a log store to add a little style to their exterior landscaping scheme.
What is the Best Log Store?
Easipet Wooden Log Store
Simple, cost-effective firewood storage
Size: H117.5mm x D64 x W114.5cm | Weight: 22kg | Material: Wood | Self Assembly?: Yes
After a simple, unfussy and affordable log store? Look no further than the Easypet Wooden Log Store.
Made from treated fir and plywood and with a felt roof for added weather protection, this store comes flat packed for self-assembly.
Although the lightweight nature of the store means it has a little wobble to it, this disappears once it has been filled with logs. The whole thing is slatted and raised off the ground for good airflow. Unlike some other stores here, the roof has no overhang which could be an issue if you planned on locating it in a very exposed spot in the garden.
Arbor Garden Solutions Wooden Tool and Log Store
Large capacity log store with handy tool shed
Size: H81 x W335 x D180cm | Weight: 208 kg | Material: Wood | Self Assembly?: Yes
This large log store has lots of benefits that more than outweigh its relatively high price tag.
The log store has a whopping 4.9 cubic meter plus of internal space meaning you can order all the logs you need without fearing you won't have space to keep them dry. It is raised off the ground and, despite the fact that it is not slatted all the way round, has a lower rear panel to allow for good ventilation.
The 50mm overhang ensures effective water run off and assembly is simple — although the size of the log store and its weight means it would be easier to put together for two people than one.
Finally, the addition of a lockable tool shed to one side of the store is a handy feature — the perfect spot to keep your axe or log splitter.
Ivyline 94cm Metal Log Store with Fibreclay Top
Durable and perfect for contemporary gardens
Size: H94 x W38 x D118cm | Weight: 31.5kg | Material: Metal and fibreclay | Self Assembly?: Yes
Ideal for anyone wanting to inject a little industrial chic into their landscaping scheme, this metal log store is sleek and modern in its design — with a clean black and cement finish.
The cross shelving makes it easy to separate logs of different sizes and to store kindling on its own too.
Unlike the other log stores here, this model is made from metal, with a fibreclay top (which can double up as a handy table top). The material it is constructed of is frost resistant and UV protected.
On the downside, the roof is flat and doesn't feature as much of an overhang as some of the other log stores here which could be an issue in periods of heavy rain if you want to position the store in an exposed location.
Delux Double Bay 4ft Wooden Outdoor Log Store
Robust and available with optional kindling shelf
Size: L146 x W81 x H126cm | Weight: 125kg (without kindling shelf) | Material: Pine | Self Assembly?: Yes
Reassuringly traditional in its design, the robust double bay construction of this log store make it a highly practical purchase that should last for many years to come.
The base is raised off the floor, there is a lowered rear panel for ventilation, a 50mm overhang for water run off and the bitumen shingle is strong and weatherproof.
Another benefit of this log store is the option to order it with a handy kindling shelf — plus it comes in either green or brown.
While it not be the most contemporary in its design, the manufacturers of this log store are very conscious of the environment and the store is delivered with minimal packaging. Handily, the assembly instructions are emailed out before delivery too.
Garden Trading Chelwood Modular Log Store
Stylish space-saving log store
Size: H147 x W89 x D89cm | Weight: 45kg | Material: Spruce | Self Assembly?: Yes
This is a super stylish and sleek log store, ideal for those keen to create a contemporary feel to their exterior landscaping scheme.
The store is made from weatherproof blackened Spruce and has a characterful shingled roof. The shingles are designed to weather over time — expect a slivery grey/brown finish to develop over time.
The whole thing is raised up on feet and is slatted to ensure good ventilation is maintained even when the store is full, plus there is a good overhang on the roof to ensure rainwater can drain away.
If you are after a cohesive finish, take a peek at the matching bin store that is also available.
Compact Boat Shaped Log Store
Eye-catching and perfect for small spaces
Size: D40 x W90 x H130 cm | Weight: Unspecified | Material: Timber | Self Assembly: No
A beautiful, handcrafted and highly unusual boat-shaped log store — perfect for introducing character and individuality into even small gardens.
The store is made from treated timber and, unlike many of the other log stores featured, comes fully assembled, ready to be filled with firewood as soon as it is delivered.
The arched form of the log store will makes for good water run off, while the slatted construction and raised design ensure effective ventilation.
How to Store Firewood
Once you have your new log store, it is important to know the best way to stack and store your wood. Follow our tips to ensure you have a constant supply of good, dry logs as and when you need them:
- Locate your log store in a dry area
- Choose a spot that is not too sheltered — you want it to be a little bit breezy
- Aim to keep the wood quite close to the house — so you won't be dashing down the garden in the rain if you run out of logs
- If you are placing the store against a wall, leave a few inches free behind to allow airflow
- Make sure your logs are kept up off the ground a little
- If logs feel a damp, stack bark-side down as this allows moisture to evaporate better (once dry stack bark side up to protect them)
- Stack logs horizontally with the ends facing front and back
- Try not to exceed stacks of four feet
Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. She has renovated a terrace and is at the end of the DIY renovation and extension of her Edwardian cottage. She is now looking for her next project.
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