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7 Best Log Stores To Keep Your Stock Protected & Dry (2021 Review)

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...

Cottesmore Hand Made Log Store

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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Everything I Recommend

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  • Heavy-duty construction
  • Elevated base reduces moisture
  • Pressure treated
  • Sturdy and attractive design
  • Elevated base
  • Pressure treated for durability
  • Should be treated each year to maintain the wood and weather resistance
  • Pressure-treated log store
  • High-quality construction
  • Excellent value for money
  • Excellent air circulation
  • Felt roof for rain protection
  • Attractive, compact design
  • Excellent value for money
  • Good weather protection
  • Pressure-treated Wood
  • Extra-large storage
  • Heavy duty unit
  • Optimised for seasoning logs
  • Nordic spruce wood
  • Good air flow
  • High durability

More Detailed Log Store Reviews

Cottesmore Hand Made Log Store

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FEATURES
  • Heavy-duty construction
  • Elevated base reduces moisture
  • Pressure treated
OUR RATING
100
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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.

Pros

  • Very sturdy and durable construction
  • Well ventilated so damp logs are able to dry
  • Most users find this log store relatively easy to assemble especially with an extra pair of hands
  • At just 4ft tall, this log store is compact enough for even very small outdoor spaces

Cons

  • Heavy to manoeuvre so needs to be installed as near as possible to where you’d like it
  • Some users commented that the roof could have a larger overhang, as the logs nearest may get wet if installed in exposed areas
  • Best stored on a hard surface, as when filled with logs the legs may sink into soft ground

Normanton Hand Made Wooden Log Store

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FEATURES
  • Sturdy and attractive design
  • Elevated base
  • Pressure treated for durability
  • Should be treated each year to maintain the wood and weather resistance
OUR RATING
94
PRICE
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Normanton Hand Made Wooden Log Store Review

If you frequently burn through a large number of logs, you might struggle to keep enough close to hand for when you need them.

This Normanton Hand Made Wooden Log Store fits around 450 standard logs, yet is still fairly compact and can be placed in easy-reach of the house.

At 230 cm wide by 125 cm tall, you’ll likely find space near to the back door for this unit –hopefully reducing the number of trips you have to make to further-afield wood reserves when the cold rain is pouring down in winter.

It’s constructed from FSC-approved wood that has been pressure treated, so it’s equipped to stand up to our versatile UK climate. The supportive posts are solid and large, at 7.6 x 7.6 cm, and the feather-board edge fits together well; it’s a sturdy, well-ventilated structure that helps keep logs dry.

In order to protect the logs, the base is raised off the floor. If you’ve struggled to dry out logs in the past because they’ve been resting on the ground, this raised unit keep them ventilated and stops them from sitting in residual rain water.

The wood is tough, which is a good sign, but during assembly you’ll likely require a power screwdriver even though the holes are pre-drilled. Putting the log store together can take around two hours.

Overall, this is a strong log store which will make it a lot easier to have logs to hand for wood-burning fires or stoves in the winter. As long as it is positioned correctly outside, it’s well equipped to keep logs dry.

Pros

  • Assembly takes around two hours and the instructions are generally easy to follow
  • The screw holes are pre-drilled
  • Large capacity that is capable of storing approx. 450 standard logs
  • Slats and raised base keeps logs well ventilated so they can dry out

Cons

  • May be too wide for smaller outdoor spaces
  • Difficult to manoeuvre due to weight and size so best built in situ
  • Instructions do not always come provided, although they can be found online

Garden Supplies Centre Log Store

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FEATURES
  • Pressure-treated log store
  • High-quality construction
  • Excellent value for money
OUR RATING
93
PRICE
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Garden Supplies Centre Log Store Review

Keeping logs dry is no mean feat, especially in certain parts of the UK where the wind and rain can be somewhat relentless. Fortunately, this Large Log Store from The Garden Supplies Centre doesn’t let a squall or a flurry permeate its walls – it keeps logs ready for use no matter where you’re located.

The front is open, so positioning it out of prevailing winds will benefit your logs, but generally the pressure-treated wood construction, along with the feather-board sides, and overhanging roof are well designed to keep precipitation out.

Given that it’s a relatively compact unit, at 150 cm wide and 129 cm tall, it can fit into smaller spaces; you might even be able to tuck it into a side-alley if you have one around your house. The capacity is just under 1 m³ which means it can fit somewhere around 300 logs.

Assembly doesn’t take too long – around an hour with the help of too people, though you might want to wear gloves as splinters can come off the wood whilst putting it together.

The raised base is just another feature that can help protect logs from our damp climate – keeping them off the ground so that they have a chance to dry out and season correctly.

One thing to note: despite being relatively compact, this log store is surprisingly heavy at 60 kg – two people will likely be required to move it around, and you’ll do yourself a favour by assembling it close to its destined location.

Pros

  • Assembly can be done in around one hour
  • Compact design suitable for most outdoor spaces
  • The slatted bottom offers good ventilation, helping logs season well
  • Comes with extra screws in case you misplace any

Cons

  • While assembly is relatively easy, an extra pair of hands is needed
  • At around 60 kg, it's very heavy to move once assembled so best installed in situ
  • May sink into soft ground so best stored on a hard surface

Easipet Wooden Log Store

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FEATURES
  • Excellent air circulation
  • Felt roof for rain protection
  • Attractive, compact design
OUR RATING
92
PRICE
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Easipet Wooden Log Store Review

For smaller spaces, or households that don’t burn as much wood, a compact unit like the Easipet Wooden Log Store will keep logs dry without taking up too much space.

At 116 cm wide and 123 cm high, it can still fit 0.75 m³ of wood (which equates to about 225 standard logs) whilst taking up a lot less room than a lot of the other log stores featured here. If you’re only burning a living-room fire for a few nights a week, this should be an adequate store to keep enough wood nearby.

Also, unlike most other stores, the roof has a protective felt covering which adds an extra waterproof layer. The wood construction itself is fir and plywood, and seeing as the holes are already drilled, it’s pretty easy to put everything together in under an hour using just a screwdriver.

The darker colour may appeal to some gardeners too, over the pine tones of other units, depending on the colour of the rest of your garden furniture. Either way, as a smaller unit, it can be tucked away relatively easily, even if you only have a small amount of space available.

It also makes a handy ‘additional’ store for positioning close to the house, giving easy access to fresh supplies of wood in winter weather.

Pros

  • The felt roof offers an extra layer of protection against the elements
  • The raised floor prevents damp and aids ventilation to help dry and season your logs
  • Assembly is easy with clear instructions supplied
  • As the smallest log store featured, it can tuck into small spaces near the back door

Cons

  • The roof overhang is not very large, so some of the lower logs may sometimes be exposed to rain water
  • Slightly less durable construction than some other units - best kept in a more sheltered area
  • Care should be taken when filling to capacity as excessive weight may cause strain on the construction

Charles Bentley Heavy Duty Wooden Log Store

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FEATURES
  • Excellent value for money
  • Good weather protection
  • Pressure-treated Wood
OUR RATING
91
PRICE
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Charles Bentley Heavy Duty Wooden Log Store Review

Log stores are all well and good, but what about keeping the kindling dry? It’s a pretty valuable part of getting the fire started, after all!

The designers at Charles Bentley didn’t let this fact pass them by when they created their Heavy Duty Wooden Log Store, adding in a separate shelf which can be used to store smaller wood and kindling.

Measuring 119 cm wide and 152 cm tall, it holds around 0.5 m³ of logs, depending on where you position the shelf (naturally, if the shelf is lower it holds less logs and more kindling). The shelf can actually be moved to any height, so it’s customisable depending on how you want to arrange your log store. It’s not supported at the back though, so heavier logs can’t be placed on the shelf.

In terms of construction, this log store is a bit more interesting than the others featured here – it’s made from the wood of a Nordic Spruce (more commonly seen in its original tree form at Christmas!), which is generally stronger than pine.

This wood has an attractive silvery finish, and doesn’t discolour as much as pine wood. It’s also been pressure treated, so doesn’t need any further treatment against rot for the first few years.

The slatted sides and raised base maintain good circulation, which helps the logs season and dry out properly. Also, unlike a lot of other log stores, the roof is angled backwards which encourages water to run off away from the logs. The only thing to watch out for is that the log store isn’t positioned too close to a wall, as this could cause the water to pool as it runs off the back.

Assembly is best done with two people; just to have someone else to help support the structure whilst you put it together. It’s pretty light once completed, at 29 kg, so not as difficult to move into position as some of the heavier wood stores.

Pros

  • The kindling shelf is a handy additional feature and can be installed at any height
  • Water runs backwards, away from the logs, thanks to the sloped roof
  • Very well ventilated to help your logs dry
  • At 29kgs, this log store is much easier to move around the garden than others on the market
  • Suitable for compact and small gardens as measures just 119cm across

Cons

  • Drainage needs to be considered - water run backwards but may pool around wall if position too close
  • Some customers find the base isn’t particularly sturdy under the weight when full to capacity
  • Not as sturdy as others on the market, especially when filled to capacity

The Garden Supplies Centre Extra Large Log Store

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FEATURES
  • Extra-large storage
  • Heavy duty unit
  • Optimised for seasoning logs
OUR RATING
90
PRICE
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The Garden Supplies Centre Extra Large Log Store Review

Whether the majority of your heating comes from wood-burning appliances, or you just love to keep a big fire burning every day in winter, one way to make sure your wood store is always well stocked is to get hold of something like the Garden Supplies Extra Large Log Store which holds approximately 600 standard logs.

Its 2 m³ capacity is the largest on this list, making it one of the best log stores for households that burn through a lot of wood.

Of course, any log store that can hold 600 logs is bound to take up a fair amount of space, and this 262 cm wide, 131 cm tall unit needs quite a large area to stand in. It’s therefore best suited to medium/large outdoor spaces, unless you don’t mind having a log store as the primary focus in your garden.

The wooden construction, with thick 7.6 cm x 7.6 cm supportive pillars and feather-board sides, is fully pressure treated and should stand up well to the onslaught of the UK climate without suffering from rot or insect infestations.

Overall, the waterproofing is adequate, although adding some felt to the top would deter any of the leaks that do occasionally get in. That said, the overhang sticks out well past the contents, which helps any water running off of the roof skip over the logs.

In terms of assembly, two people and an electric screw driver can get this log store together relatively quickly, although the instructions are not the easiest to interpret.

Pros

  • The best option for large gardens thanks to its large capacity of 2m³
  • Users have reported the log store maintaining its quality even after a few years of use
  • Has a very smart design that looks good in most gardens

Cons

  • Drilling is required during assembly which can be tricky for those without DIY experience
  • Very heavy rain may drip between the roof sections, so some customers have opted to cover the roof with felt
  • The assembly instructions aren’t particularly helpful, with very small pictures
  • May be too large for smaller outdoor spaces

Charles Bentley Heavy Duty Wooden Large Double Log Store

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FEATURES
  • Nordic spruce wood
  • Good air flow
  • High durability
OUR RATING
88
PRICE
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Charles Bentley Heavy Duty Wooden Large Double Log Store Review

For a wood store with a capacity of 1.15 m³ (that’s over 300 standard-size logs), the Charles Bentley Heavy Duty Log Store doesn’t take up as much space as you might expect. With a width of 177 cm, and a height of 152 cm, it’s one of the best log stores for small/medium spaces; its footprint is comparatively small for how much wood it can hold.

Whilst it’s certainly not the smallest wood store featured here, it does strike a good balance between capacity and size, which might make it a good choice for households without much space who burn quite a lot of wood.

Made from Nordic Spruce wood, it has slatted side panels instead of feather-board, which create more wind flow around the logs and help moisture to evaporate. Combined with the raised base, and backwards-angled roof, there are several design features which contribute to keeping the logs dry.

There is a kindling shelf that can be positioned wherever you want it – given that this is a double unit, you could even have half a side of kindling if you wanted, whilst still leaving a lot of room for logs.

Whilst there’s no front overhang on the roof, it is angled backwards to encourage water to flow away from the logs. And, there is an overhang on the sides which keeps too much rain from getting in through the slats.

If placed out of prevailing wind, this log store remains fairly protected from the elements.

Pros

  • The kindling shelf can be installed at any height to suit your storage needs
  • The slatted design ensures the logs are well ventilated
  • Lightweight and relatively easy to move around the garden once installed if needed
  • Very easy assembly although an extra pair of hands is needed

Cons

  • There is no roof overhang which means logs at the front are not well protected from the elements
  • May bow on the edges if filled with damp and heavy wood
  • Some customers have opted to cover with tarpaulin in the winter months for better weather protection
  • The legs aren’t long so to prevent damp you may wish to raise the log store slightly off the floor

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.

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