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Tips for Storing Wood in Shed


As the nights draw in and winter descends, it’s time to get ready for the colder months ahead – and this includes making sure your log shed is in good order.


Whether you took the plunge over the summer to build a log store or instead have an alternative storage option in your garden to store the logs for your woodburning stove, it’s a good idea to winter-proof the device now.


Storing your own logs definitely makes sense and it is normally cheaper to buy unseasoned wood rather than seasoned logs, especially if you chop them to size yourself too. This way, there is no wastage as you can cut the wood to fit your particular wood stove. Plus you’re more in control and can have a steady supply of seasoned logs over the coming winters and not be caught short when the temperature suddenly drops.


Depending on the type of log store you have for keeping and seasoning your wood, ready to burn in your stove when the temperatures plummet, you should make sure that it is good enough to see you through to spring time.


Your checklist for winter-proofing your log shed should include:


Making sure the logs are stacked off the ground. You can use a pallet to achieve this or construct the base of your log shed a couple of inches off the floor – it’s important because it will prevent the wood getting wet underneath.


Ensure the store is sturdy enough to cope with the amount of logs over the winter months, especially as you’ll probably replenish as you go and begin the seasoning process for next year’s logs.


Check the sides of your storage device and assess whether strong winds could drive too much rain in the direction of the logs. If so, you may need to bring the sides of the store out further to provide extra protection for the wood.


Air circulation is key so make sure air can get to the stacked logs. Whether you have a shop bought or home-made log store with an open front or a specially-designed device to fit the space in your garden – tall and thin, for example – ensure sufficient air can get to the chopped wood. And if you’re simply piling logs on a pallet and throwing some tarpaulin over the top, make sure air can reach the logs from the sides and that the tarpaulin is kept in place using a large stone or equivalent.

The log store should ideally be easy to reach from your house, as the last thing you want to do is go far on a cold night to bring in logs. To help with this, you could keep a few seasoned logs in a basket by the stove also.


Consider the layout of your log shed as you want to use the old, seasoned wood in your wood burning stove first. Place any new logs that you buy this winter at the bottom. Depending on the size of store and amount of wood you have, you may want to add an extra compartment – so you have one for unseasoned logs and one for seasoned logs ready to provide heat in your burner whenever needed.



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