In this guide we’ll take a look at the best log stores for the UK market.
I’ve compared design, size, build quality and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
What is the Best Log Store?
In a rush? Here’s my top choice…
Strong and durable storage for keeping logs dry!
This Cottesmore Hand Made Log Store is a decent size, able to fit one cubic meter of firewood. The construction material is FSC approved, meaning the wood comes from sustainable sources. The structure is elevated, stopping wood from catching damp from the ground. Plus, it’s sturdy and weatherproof. Easy to assemble, durable, and does a great job.
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More Detailed Log Store Reviews
Cottesmore Hand Made Log Store Review
This Cottesmore Hand Made Log Store is a really attractive log store made from good quality materials.
The frame is built from sturdy 7.6 x 7.6 cm posts, and the sides from feather-edged board. It has been pressure treated for increased durability and has a nice rustic brown finish.
The store is made from FSC approved wood from sustainable sources making it an environmentally-friendly choice.
This log store features an elevated base to keep logs off damp ground. There is also plenty of ventilation to allow air to circulate though the store and help season the logs.
The store is sturdy, well made and protects logs from heavy rain – a pretty necessary requisite in our variable UK climate! Doors are also available as an optional extra.
The dimensions of this log store are 150cm x 129 x 76 cm and it will hold just over 1 m³ which is enough room for a small log delivery.
This log store comes flat packed and is simple to put together. It requires only a screwdriver – though it will be considerably easier with a power screwdriver.
The holes are all pre-drilled and the screws are provided. It is easier if you have two people for construction to hold panels in place as they are being screwed. I built it with a friend and it took around 45 minutes to complete.
That being said, it would be possible for one person to construct it. I would recommend building it as close as possible to the planned location as, once built, it is quite heavy and difficult to manoeuvre.
This is an attractive, good quality log store that keeps logs dry and well ventilated. Given that the design is also available with the possibility of a door, this is the best log store for protecting logs. The size means its a great option if you are burning logs a few times a week.
Normanton Hand Made Wooden Log Store Review
This Normanton Hand Made Wooden Log Store is another attractive log store which has a lighter finish than the previous product and is slightly larger.
It, too, is made from sturdy 7.6 x 7.6 cm posts and featheredge board.
This structure offers plenty of ventilation and your logs will be protected from moisture due to the raised floor and sloping roof. The wood is FSC certified and pressure treated to extend its life.
This is a slightly larger log store than the previous model, with a capacity of 1.5 m³ with dimensions of 230 x 125 x 75 x 125 cm.
This store was simple to put together requiring, I only needed a screwdriver to do the job. However, a power screwdriver would certainly get it done quicker. It is easy to construct, especially for two people, and it took me and a friend just under an hour to get it standing.
This is the best log store if you want something sturdy, attractive and able to protect your logs from winter weather. This product would be ideal if you want to store a supply of logs while they season.
Garden Supplies Centre Log Store Review
This Garden Supplies Centre Log Store is made from pressure-treated wood ensuring it will look after your logs for years to come.
The raised, slatted base keeps your logs off wet ground whilst also allowing air to circulate. The durable featheredge side panels and roof provide good protection from even the worst winter weather.
The dimensions of this log store are: 150 x 129 x 69 cm and it will hold just under 1 m³ of logs. This is enough room for a small log delivery.
The log store comes flat packed and is easy to put together. It can be done in less than an hour with an electric or battery screwdriver. With an ordinary screwdriver it would take quite a lot longer.
You could construct this store by yourself, but it is handy to have an extra pair of hands to hold things in place as you screw them together.
The quality of the log store is very good and it has a pleasing natural pine finish. Once put together and filled with logs it looks very attractive.
This log store is of excellent quality, is easy to put together and offers great value for money. It is the best log store for a small number of logs.
Easipet Wooden Log Store Review
This lovely Easipet Wooden Log Store has slatted fir sides and base for good air circulation. The roof is made from plywood covered with felt for water protection. The overall design of this log store is attractive and the colour is nice warm brown.
This small log store holds around ¾ of a cubic metre of logs. The dimensions are H123 x D64 x W116cm. The compact size means it’s great for storing a supply of wood near to the house – thus avoiding trekking to the end of the garden in rain or snow!
This unit is easy to put together and can be constructed in less than half an hour with two people and a power screwdriver. All holes are predrilled and fixings are supplied
This is a great value log store that would be perfect if you occasionally use a log burner.
It also makes a handy ‘additional’ store for positioning close to the house, giving easy access to fresh supplies of wood in winter weather. If you are on a budget it might be the best log store available to suit your price range.
Charles Bentley Heavy Duty Wooden Log Store Review
This Charles Bentley Heavy Duty Wooden Log Store is another attractive little wood store which is made from Nordic spruce and has a lovely silvery finish. The wood is pressure treated for a long life.
The log store has slatted sides and base for good air circulation, plus a featheredge roof which protects the logs from rain. The store also features a handy kindling shelf which can be installed at the required height.
The compact size means this log store can easily be fitted into even a small garden and it will be a nice feature to look at, too. The dimensions are: 152 x 119 x 53.5 cm and the store holds 0.75 m³ of logs.
The log store is easy to assemble although holes are not predrilled which makes it a bit more time consuming than other models.
It’s a sturdy log store, although some extra support may be needed at the base and below the kindling shelf if you are going fill it up completely. A protective cover is also available as a handy extra.
Overall, this log store is excellent value for money and protects your wood from the elements really well.
The Garden Supplies Centre Extra Large Log Store Review
If you have a serious number of logs to store then this Garden Supplies Extra Large Log Store will fit the bill. It will comfortably hold 2 m³, enough to get your through the coldest of weather!
It is made with sturdy 7.6 x 7.6 cm posts and featheredge boards. The timber is pressure treated providing years of use.
The log store has a raised slatted base to provide plenty of ventilation and help with the seasoning of your logs. The dimensions of this store are 262 x 131 x 69 cm.
This log store comes flat packed and it will be helpful if you have an electric screwdriver and an extra pair of hands to put it together. The instructions are not as clear as they could be, so take your time and be guided by your own common sense!
This is a well-made log store that looks beautiful when filled with your winter logs. The quality of the materials is excellent and although this store is on the pricier end of the scale it will last for many years.
Charles Bentley Heavy Duty Wooden Large Double Log Store Review
This is the double version of the small Nordic spruce store reviewed earlier. It is built from the same pressure treated Nordic spruce to the same design, allowing good air flow and protection from snow and rain.
The kindling shelf can be positioned on either side of this double store and at a height of your choice.
The dimensions of this store are 152 x 177 x 53.5 cm and it has a capacity of 1.15 m³.
This Charles Bentley Heavy Duty Log Store is both attractive and sturdy and also offers excellent value for money.
Things to Know Before Buying a Log Store
There are few things more pleasant than the luxury of warming yourself by a log-burning fire in the depths of winter.
And nothing worse than realising you don’t have wood fuel when you need it, or that the logs you do have are too damp to burn.
Preparing and seasoning wood needs to be done long before you actually need to use your wood burner. A log store is a great way to keep your wood safe and dry, ready for the winter months.
There are quite a few variations of these storage units available, so if you’re looking for the best log store you’ll likely benefit from reading the following tips before making your purchase:
Log stores have a wide range of benefits.
Primarily, if you have logs easily to hand you’re more likely to more frequently use your log burning fire (or stove, or whatever it may be!). It can be very easy just to keep a small supply of wood by the fireplace, but once it’s been burnt you might just be tempted to whack the heating on. It’s so much more pleasant to have the fire burning!
Having a log store means you can buy more wood in advance and have it stored near the house so that it’s easy to get to when you need it.
What’s more, log stores actually look very attractive in themselves, offering a rustic accessory to the garden.
You might normally buy/cut wood and then just leave it out in the garden, elevated on pallets or simply resting on the floor. This can work ok for a bit, but if there’s any bad weather, or just general humidity (we do live in the UK after all!), these logs will get damp. Damp logs aren’t great for burning. Most obviously because they’re hard to light, but damp logs can also cause more serious problems – they can create a lot of smoke, as well as tar build up in the chimney, which can ultimately have severe consequences.
Log stores keep logs protected from the worst of the weather, meaning your firewood will be ready to use when you want it. Plus, having a log store means you can free up space in the home if you were storing more logs inside than necessary.
The size of the log store will likely be your top consideration.
If you just want a few logs for an occasional winter fire, a small store will be sufficient. These normally have a capacity of 1 m³ or less. These size stores will fit approximately 300 standard logs. Of course, you’ll also need a smaller wood store if you have a smaller garden or outside area. No matter how frequently you have a log fire, you have to work with the storage space you’ve got!
If you need to season logs and want to build up a good stock, a larger log store is a better option. These can measure 2 m³+. Each cubic meter can store approximately 300 standard logs, so 2 m³+ will store 600+ standard logs.
If you buy large logs, you will be able to fit approximately 200 logs per cubic meter.
As we’ve all no doubt learnt the hard way, it can seem a good idea to buy a cheaper product initially, but can cost us more in the long run when we have to replace it sooner.
To avoid this problem with your wood store, and make sure you’re getting something that will last, look for a unit constructed from pressure-treated wood. This type of wood has been chemically treated to protect it from rot as well as insects such as woodworm etc. Pressure treated wood has been shown to last for up to 40+ years (of course, environmental factors play a part in its life potential). As a result, it’s a great material for a log store.
If the wood of the log store you’re looking at hasn’t been pressure treated, you could treat the wood yourself with water repellent sealer. This will need to be applied every 1 – 3 years to make sure the protection continues to work.
Seeing as the whole purpose of a log store is to protect the logs as much as possible from the elements, you might want to consider if it’s worth forking out a bit extra for pressure treated wood, or if you’re confident in your ability to waterproof the structure yourself! After a 5 – 10 years, you should also treat pressure treated wood as well, just to maintain the protection.
The frame of the store should be constructed from sturdy posts, with the sides made from either slats or feather-edge panels. Feather-edge panels allow ventilation in but don’t have as large gaps as slats. If you’re placing your log store in a windy area, where you think a lot of rain may be blown in if you have a unit with slats, feather-edge panels will be a better bet for you.
A feather edge roof will last the longest, but a felt covered plywood roof is another good option.
You should ensure your log store offers plenty of ventilation to help dry your logs. Good ventilation can prevent rotting and the development of fungi, while helping your logs to season.
Ideally you want to find the balance between the wood store being as open as possible, but protected from the elements!
You should aim to place your log store in a south-facing direction, in an area out of prevailing wind but where there is a draft blowing through. This way the logs will get the warmth of the sun hitting them, helping them to dry out, and will be well aerated.
Most log stores are slightly raised off the ground to protect the logs on the bottom layer from the elements and allow ventilation from bottom up. This is important to look out for and you shouldn’t really consider a log store which doesn’t have this sort of ventilation.
It can be easy to forget exactly how an item will arrive when all you see are the ‘assembled’ photos on websites.
Be prepared to have to put together the log store when it arrives. It can be useful to check product reviews to see just how easy a certain product is to put together. Some come better equipped with clear instructions than others!
In general, log stores are relatively straight forward to assemble and having an extra pair of hands on deck will make the job even easier.
Log Store FAQs
Ideally, you should position your log store so that is is south facing. Where this is not possibly, try to ensure it is in a place with a good air flow so that the wood does not stay damp and begin to rot. If this ‘ideal’ position is quite far from the house, you may want to consider having a smaller store near the house for easy access in winter weather.
There are several things that can increase the life of your wood store. Having an elevated log store is a must. Furthermore, if you position your elevated log store on a concrete base, paving slabs, or blocks, it will be further protected from damp ground and stay rot free for longer. Even if your store is made from pressure treated wood, after a 5 – 10 years it is worth treating it again with a water-repellent sealer and repeating this every few years to ensure it lasts as long as possible.
This depends on the wood used, but it generally takes between 6 months and 2 years for firewood to dry out. Cut wood in the early spring ready for the following winter so that it can dry out in the summer months.