Having a fireplace or a wood burner is ideal during winter. But, having a fireplace requires a place to keep your logs. And a log splitter to make it easier and less bulky of a storage. Most homeowners have a big problem as they don’t have enough space to store them inside the house. Thus, they have to keep them outside in big bags or covered with tarpaulins. But how about creating something more interesting? Something that will cover your needs for sure! What’s that? A log store of course!
They are the perfect solution! However, ready-made ones are a bit expensive, and many of us can’t afford them. Well, thankfully, you can build your own pretty quickly. Especially if you are familiar with DIY woodworking projects, building a log store will be a walk in the park. It’s almost as easy as building a garden room, a treehouse or a gazebo. So, are you ready to learn how to build a log store? Let’s have a look together, shall we?
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What are the benefits of having a log store?
Log stores are the perfect place to keep your logs safe all year. Beyond, though, an ideal place to store your firewoods, they’re also an attractive touch in your garden and an extra tip to upgrade your patio.
But what are the benefits of having a firewood shed on your property?
- Wood stores protect firewoods from weather conditions, especially during the winter months. But don’t you think that just throwing a tarpaulin will protect them from rain. In fact, it can help condensation to build up and let mould develop.
- They protect logs from moisture, especially those at the bottom which contact the level ground. Logs should have a moisture content below 20%, mainly if you use a small wood burner. This way, you’ll be able to have wood ignite with very little kindling and long-lasting fire.
- Keeping your logs in the firewood shed, they get good aeration. Storing them in such places, logs get the necessary air, and as a result, they become as dry as they should be to use them in your wood-burning stove, fireplace, barbeque, pizza oven etc.
- A log store keeps your outdoor space tidy and well organised. But, unfortunately, keeping wood piles in your outdoor space spoils its appearance.
Choosing the right site for your log store
Deciding on where to build your storage shed isn’t so straightforward as you might believe. There are some factors that you should consider first before making your final decision.
- The first factor you should consider is where to build the shed to have easy access to your wood logs. Plus, the ground should be level to set it upon.
- The next one is whether it is going to sit on the lawn or bare earth. You need to create a base raised off the ground to avoid the bottom row of logs getting damp in both cases. After that, you can very simply place three narrow wood pieces beneath the shed or a few bricks to give the necessary lift.
- Finally, avoid placing the storage shed against a wall or a fence. If there’s nowhere else to put it, leave a small gap between the back of the store and the wall or the fence to let airflow between the two structures prevent dampness from developing.
Everything you’re going to need
Probably, the most complicated part of this DIY woodworking plan is to find out and calculate the needed materials and tools. How many wood pieces and of what length, are you going to need to build a shed? What about the bolts and nails? You don’t have to worry about it cause you have us by your side! We are about to give you all the details about the supplies you need to build the perfect storage shed for outdoor use. Check the list below with the required supplies and tools, and be prepared to set up the storage for your firewood racks.
The main structure (47x100mm)
- 3 x 1.80 m (for the back)
- 2 x 1.60 m (for the front)
- Tops trimmed at a 20° angle (the pitch of the roof)
Roof structure (22x100mm)
- 2 x 1.75 m (for front and back)
- 2 x 0.85 m (for front and back sides trimmed at 20° angle)
Floor structure (50x47mm)
- 2 x 1.75 m (for front and back)
- 2 x 0.55 m (for sides)
- 1 x 0.60 m (for middle)
- 10 x 0.65 m (for all other pieces)
- 9 x 1.8 m Featheredge Boards
- 32 x 0.67 m (for sides)
- 20 x 1.72 m (for back)
Bolts & Nuts
- 10 x M8 100mm bolts
- Nut & washer
- 10 x M8 125mm bolt
- Nut 125mm or 150mm
- Nails (many of them)
How to build a log store step-by-step
Now that you know all the materials and tools you need to have on hand, you can follow our step-by-step instructions to set up your firewood shed. But, first, let’s see what you have to do to complete the storage shed.
Step 1: Build the front and back frames of the wooden log store
You should start building the woodshed frames. Get one slat of the floor structure and one of the longest ones of the roof structure. Drill two holes on each slat. You need to drill one 55mm hole at the top and one 75mm at the bottom of each slat. Once you finish drilling the holes, line up the two pieces of wood and drill all the way through, ensuring they line up.
It’s time to add the bolts. Get the shorter ones at the top and the longest ones at the bottom and tighten them. Do the same for the second wooden post on the other side of the frame. You have to do the same for the back frame as well. Plus, you need an extra post in the centre.
Step 2: Attach the floorboards
Get your nailer and attach the two short floorboards (2 x 0.55 m lengths) to the outer sides of the first frame. Next, attach the second frame to the end of the floorboard. Before lining it up to the first one, use nails to secure it.
Step 3: Attach the roof sides
You need to be sure that the top of each frame is parallel to each other. To do so, clamp one of the floor pieces with the standard length to the top, making sure that the outer edges of the floorboard finish with the edge of the frame. Now you can nail the roof sides to the frame. As you can see, the roof has a slight overhang to the back and a bit larger overhang to the front.
Use a 50 mm leftover piece of wood as a guide to line up both sides of the roof structure. Attach the piece of wood to the edge of the back frame and line it up with the edge of the roof structure.
Step 4: Attach the floor
To attach the floor, you’ll have to lay the boards on the base. Use a piece of the cladding battens between each panel to keep an even distance between the floorboards. Once you finish, you can remove them. Now set the boards and nail them with your nailer. Afterwards, remove the timber between the floorboards.
Step 5: Attach the cladding battens to the outer frame
To attach them to the outer rim, you need an extra one to help you keep an even distance between the rows. Then, start nailing the battens in place. You can begin at the first row 38mm (width) from the bottom and move upwards.
Step 6: Nail the roof
For the roof, you can use feather boards or wooden pallets. They’re both cheap and durable options. Start laying the boards across the roof with the narrower edge facing downwards. Make sure that the front and the last board line up with the side roof structure pieces. Check the boards. Each one should overlap the other by 3 cm.
Here’s a secret. To get the needed angle to your roof, use an offcut of wood to the bottom roof panel. And voila! Now your wood storage is ready to be filled with a load of logs.
Storing your firewoods in the right place, like a log store, is very important. A log store can keep them dry, provide the required airflow and keep your garden tidy and well organised. Don’t be afraid to give it a try and build a shed on your own. It’s pretty easy and cheaper than buying a ready one. Just follow our step-by-step instructions, and your log store will be ready to “welcome” your wood logs.