Nine tips for storing your logs this winter
As the nights draw in and the weather turns colder, many of us will be embracing cosy nights at home in front of the wood burner. Your log supply will need to be topped up, but they require proper storage to maintain their quality and prevent decay. In this blog post, we'll look at some top tips for ensuring your wooden log storage remains in top condition.
Store them in the right place
Selecting the right location for your log storage is important. It should be well-drained and away from direct contact with the ground. You should store logs on a raised platform or special log store to prevent moisture from seeping into the wood.
Keep an eye on moisture levels
Wooden logs should ideally have a moisture content of around 20% for optimal burning. Use a moisture meter to check the moisture levels periodically. If the logs are too wet, allow them to dry further before using them as fuel.
Allow for airflow
You can prevent mould and decay of your logs by ensuring they get adequate airflow. Stack logs in a way that allows some air to circulate between them. An open-sided log store can help make sure your logs get the right amount of air.
Stack logs neatly
Stacking logs neatly not only looks nicer but also makes it easier to access them. Create stable, straight stacks to prevent any movement or falling.
Cover the stack
Protect your logs from rain and snow by covering the stack with a specially designed log store. A live, green roof on your log store will help protect it from the elements and gives lots of other benefits too.
Allow time for seasoning
If you've recently cut or acquired green logs, it's essential to allow them to season properly. This means drying the logs for an extended period, typically six months to a year, depending on the wood species. Seasoned wood burns more efficiently and produces less creosote when used in stoves and fireplaces.
Keep pests at bay
Logs can attract insects and pests, so you should take measures to deter them. Consider using natural, environmentally friendly methods like planting insect-repelling plants around your log storage area.
Check for damage
Check your log stacks regularly for signs of damage, decay, or rot. Remove any affected logs promptly to prevent the problem from spreading to the rest of the stack.
Use older logs first
Make sure you use the oldest logs first and prevent any waste from decay by rotating your log stack. Putting new logs at the back and ensuring the oldest ones are at the front can help make sure you use your stock up in the right order.
Taking steps to store logs properly helps keep your logs in good condition, regardless of what you use them for. By following these tips, you can ensure that you take good care of your logs so they are ready to go whenever you fancy a night curled up by the fire.