How to store logs outside! In rainy days, your fire or log burner will require a ready supply of quality, dry (seasoned) logs to work effectively. In this post we'll consider the best options for storing your logs outside in a practical, convenient and safe way that will keep them dry all winter long.
1. Stack Logs Neatly Seasoned logs are traditionally stacked neatly, close to (not touching) a wall or fence, it is important to be quite precise as tight stacking will ensure that only the top layer will get damp if it rains.
2. Consider Location Carefully Think about the location, if the prevailing winds usually blow rain in a certain direction then place the logs in an area that it as sheltered as possible; remember always to place them on a flat and stable surface.
3. Avoid Tree Cover Don’t place log stacks under trees as these will drip water down and also avoid low lying areas which can be prone to dew, mist or fog.
4. Don’t Leave Logs In A Heap Never just dump the logs in a heap (especially on grass) as they will get wet and be useless; careful stacking will pay dividends in the long run.
5. Use a log store if possible Preferably, logs should be placed on wooden pallets or safely in a log store as these keep them off the ground and provide a free flow of air underneath. It is also good to note that the logs should not be stacked too high as they can become unstable.
6. Provide Good Circulation Remember to leave a good amount of space between your logs and any wall, fence or shed to help with air circulation, a gap of about 4” (10cm) all round is ideal, remember also that a log pile is a potential fire risk so consideration should be made to its placement.