The Forest Log and Tool Store is a handsome garden structure and, now that winter is approaching, a very useful acquisition. Martyn Loach purchased one recently and here he explains how it is assembled.
Wood burners have become very popular over the past few years. For maximum heat output any logs must be dry and well seasoned and Martyn Loach thinks that a log store is the best way to protect the wood from bad weather during the autumn.
Whatever type of timber your use, Ash, Beech and Hawthorn are three of the best, logs must be dry and well seasoned or else the output of smoke will be greater than the heat.
There's a wide choice of very practical timber log stores both traditional in appearance and more contemporary styled, all offer good air ciculation and shelter from the rain, where the logs will dry out and season very effectively.
Forest and Zest log stores tend to be quite utilitarian, although the Pinnacle Log Store is a stylish exception, while Dorset Log Stores, including their Melbury and Okeford models, are perhaps more decorative. They are all very sturdy built with treated slatted timber and sloping roofs.
The Emerald Woodstore from the Store More range is a good example of a metal fabricated version, made from hot dipped galvanized steel. Another is the Biohort Woodstock, there is a choice between 230cm and 150cm wide versions and both have a 20 year guarantee.
Some structures have more than one storage area to accommodate garden equipment as well as timber. This can be a simple shelf for kindling as in the Rowlinson Large Log Store or the secure storage space featured in the Forest Log and Tool Store and Wimborne log stores.
If you are regularly splitting and sawing timber, the secure space will be very worthwhile, a place to keep chainsaws, fuel and other tools locked away.
The Forest 4ft x 6ft Apex Shed With Lean To has a log store attached that can also be used to shelter BBQs and garden furniture. Rustically styled, the shed's overhanging roof creates 50% more space that is covered to keep the rain off.
Whatever the amount of logs you have, they'll be a wood store to suit your needs. You'll certainly appreciate their sturdiness, and the resultant seasoned wood will heat your home throughout the autumn and winter.
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