Life in the Countryside

The log store

So after we had started cutting down some dead trees in the garden J decided that we needed a log store. The freshly cut logs would need to be seasoned (left for a bit) before being used on the fire the following year. Long term once we have done the big works to the cottage we hope to install a log burner in the lounge so keeping wood will be a real money saving thing for us instead of buying it in. So J and his dad constructed a log store which we could use to store the logs until they could be brought into the house to be burnt. Whilst you can obviously buy log stores, J liked the idea of creating one which fit exactly into the space we wanted it to and kept to the rustic feel we are going for in the garden. Although I’m not sure we are trying to create a rustic feel by choice, more that it may be the only option available for us! I’ve had to get J to give me the low down on how he built the log store as I have had no part in either it’s design or it’s creation. 

The logs store was built around a grid formation in order to use two pallets as a base. The pallets will enable the logs to be kept elevated off the ground so they should remain damp free. Using some kind of gigantic mallet thing he drove six kreosoted fence posts into the ground around the pallets. Then a wooden frame was constructed at the head of the posts to rest a corrugated metal roof on top. This slopes to the rear to ensure that water slides off it. The walls were then clad with shiplapped timber (I have no idea what this is by the way I just had to pretend to as J made it sound like something everyone knew about) which was nailed to the posts. We plan on painting it to match some of the other woodwork in the garden when we get round to it. Oh and as you can see from the pictures our log store is currently housing some non-log related junk as we have nowhere else to put it!

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