Top 5 best log stores

Top 5 best log stores

Top 5 best log stores

Cottesmore 4ft log store review

OUR BEST PICK

Cottesmore Pressure Treated Log Store

By 'Rutland Country Garden Furniture'

Twin bay log store, measuring 150cm wide, ideal for storing logs and keeping them dry with the added option of doors.

Manufactured from 'pressure treated timber' which will last up to 15 years, which protects against rot and Fungal attack.

Stores an impressive 0.9 M³

BEST LOG STORES

With more and more home owners now having a 'wood burning stove' fitted in their homes, and with the ever increasing prices of gas and electric, it's becoming a very, viable option, to start heating their homes by burning firewood, specially if they have access to cheap or even free logs.

Whether you split your own logs using one of the many, affordable log splitters or buy your logs in small quantities or bulk, one problem many people have is, how do you store all them logs so that they are properly seasoned and burn efficiently.

In short, you need to keep them dry, out of the rain and well aired, to achieve this, the best way is to get yourself a good quality, sturdy, log store.

There are so many different designs available, some which are badly designed and made from inferior cheap wood, specially imports. For this reason, its important to know what makes a good log store that will last.

Further down our guide we explain exactly what makes a good log store and even look at, 5 of the best log stores currently available from some of the best log store manufactures who only use the best materials when making their log stores.

What to take into consideration when buying a log store

If you have invested in a wood burning stove, then i'm sure you plan on using it for many years to come, with this in mind, it only makes sense to invest in one of the best log stores, that is 'made to last', and with some expected to last as long as 15 years, you can rest assured you will only need to invest in one, the once.

Below are a few important pointers to take into consideration when purchasing a log store for storing your logs.

  • What size log store should you buy - Its difficult to know what size log store you should invest in, but as a general rule, buy the biggest one you can afford and fit in the area you plan on storing your logs. Its better to have empty space, than run out of space and have no where to store all your excess logs. You never really hear people complaining about buying one that was to big, but you do commonly hear home owners complaining about them not having enough storage space, so don't make the same mistake.
  • Type of timber used -  If theirs one point you take into consideration, then this is it. Make sure the log store you invest in, is made from pressure treated timber (also known as tanalised), ideally from a FSC approved sustainable source. This is important as the wood has been treated to protect it from the worst of the British weather and will not rot and should last up to 15 years. If it does not say its made from pressure treated or tanalised wood, then it probably isn't and will last a couple of years if your lucky, before falling apart. We cannot stress this enough, pressure treated wood is a must. All the log stores we recommend are made from treated timber.
  • Best design - The whole idea is to keep your logs dry and this is where a good design comes in, ideally it should have a open front with a large roof overlap to avoid the rain dripping in. The floor should be elevated to reduce the risk of ground damp and have gaps between the slats to allow the air to circulate. The wall should also have gaps and some of the best designs have slatted walls so that the rain run downs and away from the wall but the air can still circulate. If you plan on putting your log store against the house, then we advise you get one where the roof 'slants outwards', away from the house, this will prevent the rain from running off the log store against your house. This is also important as it has been known to cause damp problems.

TOP 4
LOG STORE REVIEWS

OUR TOP PICK

COTTESMORE 4FT PRESSURE TREATED LOG STORE
By Rutland Country Garden Furniture

Width 150cm, Height 127cm, Depth 80cm

Cottesmore 4ft log store review

The Cottesmore 4ft Log Store, is manufactured by 'The Rutland Country Garden Furniture' and is one of 16 top log stores they manufacture, but this model is their best selling log store due to its ideal size.

They have been manufacturing the very best wood products since 2012 from their workshop, based in the South Lincolnshire countryside. They have quickly become one of the leading manufactures of top quality log stores.

The Cottesmore 4ft log store is a double bay, open fronted design with the added option to add doors if you wish. Its also available in either a rustic brown or light green colour.

Its made from the very best 'pressure treated timber', which protects the wood from rot and fungus attack for up to 15 years,. The timber is also sourced from FSC approved, sustainable sources, which helps protects the environment.

Its constructed from 3 x 3" post which ensures its very sturdy and the sides are made from slatted wood so that the rain runs off the log store and not, into it, which is very important.

To match the treated timber, all the fixtures are heavy duty and corrosion treated which ensures it stays tightly fixed together.

Unlike many other models it comes with very easy to follow, colour instructions.

Comes flat packed

All important dimentions

  • Length 150cm
  • Depth: 80cm
  • Height: 127cm
  • Capacity: 0.9 square meter

Conclusion

The Cottesmore 4ft Log Store, is 'British workmanship' at its very best and its easy to see why its one of the best selling log stores in Amazon with excellent customer reviews.

Overall its very sturdy and I would think, its large enough for most home owners, even those with smaller gardens, but large enough to hold a good amount of logs.

It does come flat packed, as do most models, but it does come with an excellent set of colour instructions which are very easy to follow.

One person can easily put it together but ideally you need to build it where its going if possible. if not, your'l need another person to help move it, once built, as it is heavy as it weighs 50kg.

The instructions are some of the best we have seen, specially when compared to cheap chinese log stores. It only takes around 30-40 minutes to build if you follow the instructions step by step.

Excellent in every way, a true log store that is built to last.


BEST VALUE FOR MONEY
LOG STORE

EASIPET 4FT LOG STORE

Width 116cm, Height 123cm, Depth 64cm

Easipet log store review

The Easipet log store is designed to offer, exceptional value for money for home owners looking to invest in a log store on a budget.

Its manufactured from treated fir and plywood, before being finished with waterproof stain, which help protect it from the outside elements and the worst of the british weather.

The floor is raised, and the 3 slatted sides help improve air circulation to keep the logs free from damp which helps season the logs faster.

The roof is felted to protect it from the rain.

Comes flat packed with easy to follow instructions.

All Important Dimentions

  • Width 116cm
  • Depth: 64cm
  • Height: 123cm

Conclusion

If your looking for a good quality log store, but on a budget then this 'Easipet log store' offers great value for money at well under £100.

It's well made, very easy to put together and looks the part, I suspect there actually imports from China but either way they done a excellent job of manufacturing a log store that offers great value.

It will take you around 20 minutes to put together, if your no stranger to building flat pack furniture etc, your'll probably put it together in 10 minutes. There are a series of coachbolts that fix it all together and every section slots together nicely.

In regards to the timber, its better than other budget log stores we have researched, however to keep it looking good and protect it from the weather, we strongly advise that you paint it with wood preserve once a year.

Overall, it does not match the quality of the British made 'Cottesmore Log Store' but it still offers excellent value for a budget log store that's nicely put together.

If your on a budget, but need a bigger log store, consider buying two of them, as some customers have remarked on doing, in the many excellent reviews on Amazon.co.uk which you can read her?e.


WHEN SIZE MATTERS - 7.6FT LONG

NORMANTON PRESSURE TREATED LOG STORE
By Rutland Country Garden Furniture

Width 230cm, Height 125cm, Depth 80cm

normanton 4ft log store review

The Normanton log store is another model which is manufactured by 'The Rutland Country Garden Furniture' 

Just like our top pick, the 'Cottesmore' model, this Normanton log store log store is a double bay, open fronted design with the option to add doors if you prefer. It has an extra large cubic capacity of 1.5 cubic meters, so you can store even more wood which reduces the need to top up over the winter months as much,

Just like all of the log stores 'Rutland Country Garden Furniture' manufacture, its made from 'pressure treated timber' which will last up to 15 years .

Again the posts are construction from 3 x 3" timber, which ensures its very sturdy and the sides are made from featheredge board, so that the rain runs off the sides of the log store,

All the fixing are made from heavy duty, corrosion treated materials so they hold all the sections together securely for the lifetime of the log store

Comes with very easy to follow, colour instructions.

Comes flat packed

All important dimentions

  • Width 230cm
  • Depth: 80cm
  • Height: 125cm
  • Extra Large Capacity: 1.5 square meter

Conclusion

Again the workmanship and quality are excellent, but this was expected, its a decent size, and will hold a good amount of logs, probably around a ton once stacked in rows. 

Its fairly easy to put together and the instructions are very clear and easy to follow which is all ways a bonus. At 75kg its very heavy as you would expect for such a large wood store, ideally you need two people to put it together, specially if you need to move it into place once built.

If your in need of a large log store, then you want find a better model if the size is right for you, the workmanship is excellent and it will serve you for many years.


BEST SMALL LOG STORE

CHARLES BENTLEY SMALL LOG STORE

Width 117cm, Height 152cm, Depth 56cm

Charles Bentley Small Log Store review

This Charles Bentley Small Log Store is one of the smallest log stores we have reviewed, manufactured from pressure treated wood, the slatted sides and back ensure good air flow around the logs which helps prevent fungal infection and damp.

As with all good designs, it has a raised floor to allow air to go under the logs to help keep them dry.

The total weight is 29kg.

Comes flat packed

Dimentions

  • Width 117cm
  • Depth: 56cm
  • Height: 152cm
  • Capacity: 0.76m3

Conclusion

If you looking for a small log store that is manufactured to the highest standards, but still offers great value for money then this could be a good candidate.

When it arrives, all the sections come assembled, so all you really need to do is fix each side together and then nail on the back slats, its fairly straight forward but the instructions could be better.

To fix it together, its difficult on your own and you really need two people as it makes aligning all the sections up much easier.

On Amazon this has some amazing reviews and is probably the best rated log store available, with the high quality and amazing price its easy to see why many people have chosen this model for their log storage.

One great feature we really liked, is that you can fit the kindling shelf at any height you want, this is great as not everyone will want to fit the shelf at the same height.

The only downside some people might find with this log store, is that the roof slants toward to the back, a potential issue this could cause, is if you place it against your house or shed the water will run down the house wall or shed if placed right up against it and could cause damp issues. Not a major issue for most people but worth taking into consideration.

Overall great quality at a even better price, if your after a quality log store but only need a small one then this should do the job.


Cottesmore 4ft log store review

OUR BEST PICK

Cottesmore Pressure Treated Log Store

By 'Rutland Country Garden Furniture'

Twin bay log store, measuring 150cm wide, ideal for storing logs and keeping them dry with the added option of doors.

Manufactured from 'pressure treated timber' which will last up to 15 years and protect against rot and Fungal attack.

Stores an impressive 0.9 M³

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