October is here, bringing with it the reduced day-light hours as the clocks get set to change and shorter, colder days make us realise that we don't have long to get ready for keeping ourselves warm this winter.
Choosing your log store
If you are still keeping logs in an untidy pile under a tarpaulin, and feeling less than satisfied when you try and get damp logs to burn, then perhaps it's time to consider purchasing a log store. See our blog What to look for when choosing a log store
All Dorset Log Stores are made to the highest quality, using only the finest pressure treated timbers. Each log store is designed with a 3/4 inch gap between each board to provide superior air flow, minimising the time it takes for your logs to dry.
If you already have a log store
Before you stack your log store full of logs, it is worth dragging out any remaining logs and giving the inside and outside a thorough sweeping. Aside from a few cobwebs, which cause limited inconvenience, you are likely to come across leaves that may be blocking the airflow or creating damp spots, or creatures moving in for hibernation. And whilst we are pleased to make room for the odd hedgehog that wants to make the log store their winter home, we are less impressed when we take the logs indoors on an wintry evening and are confronted with sleepy wasps!
Preserving your log store
All our log stores are made of FSC Swedish Redwood that has been treated against fungal attack and rot by the Tanalith-E® process (pressure treatment), a modern, environmentally friendly treatment to prolong the life of your log store. And we offer a against fungal attack and rot.
That said, depending on the age and location of your log store, green or brown fungal growth may be visible, this can be scrubbed off with a stiff brush before it takes hold and makes the log store look unsightly.
Having emptied, brushed and scrubbed, the next step would be to pick a dry day to apply two coats of Restol wood oil to the exterior and roof (if timber) to ensure a weather-proof log store, which will look even smarter. It is a high quality linseed based oil that dries quickly and is especially good for pressure treated timber.
When your new logs finally arrive, and you see the massive task ahead to get them all stacked, try to resist the urge to just throw them in! Stacking logs in neat rows will allow air to circulate, helping to dry and season the wood ready for easy burning. Further more, on those dark evenings when it's time to fetch the logs in, you won't have to worry that logs will fall on you, or on any children that might feel the temptation to climb or hide in the log store. See our 'How To Stack Logs' blog.
For more information on our log stores, you can leave a comment below or call us on 01300 345916 to speak to a member of the Dorset Log Stores team.
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