Your browser isn't supported
It looks like you're using an old web browser. To get the most out of the site and to ensure guides display correctly, we suggest upgrading your browser now. Download the latest:

Welcome to the MSE Forums

We're home to a fantastic community of MoneySavers but anyone can post. Please exercise caution & report spam, illegal, offensive or libellous posts/messages: click "report" or email forumteam@. Skimlinks & other affiliated links are turned on

Search
  • FIRST POST
    • oligopoly
    • By oligopoly 7th Jul 17, 10:41 AM
    • 283Posts
    • 74Thanks
    oligopoly
    Keeping firewood (inside and out)
    • #1
    • 7th Jul 17, 10:41 AM
    Keeping firewood (inside and out) 7th Jul 17 at 10:41 AM
    Hi,

    We inherited a wood burning stove when we moved house last September. I have a few questions about keeping the wood and I seem to read conflicting advice online...

    Outdoors
    I ordered a large bulk bag of seasoned and chopped wood last winter. As it's already seasoned, I'm thinking it's ok to keep it in the garage? I originally planned to build an outdoors log store but I figure since i'm (currently) buying it already seasoned then storing it outside for drying isn't as important ?

    Indoors
    Is it ok to store seasoned logs inside in a basket or rack or something similar? I'm thinking more for decorative reasons but it would then also be handy (and room temperature) ready for burning. The US sites talk about the dangers of termites etc but I guess insects etc aren't really an issue in the UK ?

    Thanks in advance.
    Increasingly money-conscious
Page 1
    • andrewf75
    • By andrewf75 7th Jul 17, 11:02 AM
    • 7,725 Posts
    • 12,932 Thanks
    andrewf75
    • #2
    • 7th Jul 17, 11:02 AM
    • #2
    • 7th Jul 17, 11:02 AM
    Don't see any issue with keeping it inside if its already seasoned, but probably worth getting a log store in the long run as you may acquire some wood that is not seasoned - or the wood sold as seasoned may benefit from more seasoning.
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 7th Jul 17, 11:45 AM
    • 23,526 Posts
    • 89,339 Thanks
    Davesnave
    • #3
    • 7th Jul 17, 11:45 AM
    • #3
    • 7th Jul 17, 11:45 AM
    Seasoned wood may still arrive wet, so the garage would need to be well-ventilated. Also, there is no hard and fast definition of 'seasoned,' so you may well get variable qualities of wood.

    Storing wood in a basket etc poses no risks here. You might get the odd wood louse, or three.
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • Grenage
    • By Grenage 7th Jul 17, 11:56 AM
    • 1,306 Posts
    • 1,238 Thanks
    Grenage
    • #4
    • 7th Jul 17, 11:56 AM
    • #4
    • 7th Jul 17, 11:56 AM
    I've got a cubic metre of seasoned wood in our living room; no worries thus far.
    • oligopoly
    • By oligopoly 7th Jul 17, 12:24 PM
    • 283 Posts
    • 74 Thanks
    oligopoly
    • #5
    • 7th Jul 17, 12:24 PM
    • #5
    • 7th Jul 17, 12:24 PM
    Thanks guys. Sounds like bigger problems with this over the pond then. Also sounds like it would be worth me storing my wood outside all year round to ensure it's definitely seasoned before use - and then put some in the lounge for decoration/use.
    Increasingly money-conscious
    • FreeBear
    • By FreeBear 7th Jul 17, 2:26 PM
    • 1,367 Posts
    • 1,924 Thanks
    FreeBear
    • #6
    • 7th Jul 17, 2:26 PM
    • #6
    • 7th Jul 17, 2:26 PM
    If you store the wood outside, it needs to be off the ground and covered. I keep the bulk of my wood outside stacked on pallets and have a smaller pile in a storeroom ready for use. There is also a couple of days worth by the fire which is replenished from the storeroom.

    If you have space in the garage, it would be as well to keep a pile stacked on a pallet or a crate used for shipping paving slabs.
    Her courage will change the world.

    Treasure the moments that you have. Savour them for as long as you can for they will never come back again.
    • Kiran
    • By Kiran 8th Jul 17, 5:47 AM
    • 1,125 Posts
    • 498 Thanks
    Kiran
    • #7
    • 8th Jul 17, 5:47 AM
    • #7
    • 8th Jul 17, 5:47 AM
    I store outside and bring in a few days worth at a time. More for space reasons as I have a few log stores on the go at any one time.
    Some people don't exaggerate........... They just remember big!
    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 8th Jul 17, 6:10 AM
    • 13,074 Posts
    • 17,290 Thanks
    Gloomendoom
    • #8
    • 8th Jul 17, 6:10 AM
    • #8
    • 8th Jul 17, 6:10 AM
    You won't get termites in this country but you might get the occasional drowsy hornet waking up and flying around the room.

    We do.
    Advice; it rhymes with mice. Advise; it rhymes with wise.
    • keith969
    • By keith969 8th Jul 17, 7:17 AM
    • 1,263 Posts
    • 880 Thanks
    keith969
    • #9
    • 8th Jul 17, 7:17 AM
    • #9
    • 8th Jul 17, 7:17 AM
    I wouldn't store logs in the garage. Did that once, and a swarm of tiny flies found it a nice place to live in.

    Google 'log stores' and you will find ones ideal for outside. Then get a wicker basket big enough for an evening's worth to keep near the fire.
    Heaven wasn't built in a day
    • DigForVictory
    • By DigForVictory 8th Jul 17, 8:37 AM
    • 7,153 Posts
    • 19,481 Thanks
    DigForVictory
    When we burn wood, we bring logs in in a luggable bucket - a wicker basket big enough for an evening would have to be sourced from a balloonist & the devils own job to lift laden.
    We'd then stack more wood around the edges to season for a few hours/save lugging later. We always stored outdoors, not in any structure, it needed the breeze more than walls, so a well tied tarp worked for us!

    I gather some woodburners keep the "pretty logs" for decorative purposes indoors but that baffles me. Almost all wood can be beautiful, but rarely more so than when it's burning & drying my wet socks...

    Enjoy! We found wood burning great fun - it really does warm you several times over, walking to find it, lugging it back, chopping it up, stacking it to dry, lugging it in & finally burning it.
    • Ectophile
    • By Ectophile 8th Jul 17, 10:32 PM
    • 2,783 Posts
    • 1,716 Thanks
    Ectophile
    Ventilation is important, especially if the garage ever gets damp, or if the wood is damp when it's delivered. Before I got a proper log store, I tried keeping firewood in my rather damp garage. Roll on a few weeks, and I had never seen so many different colours of fungi in my life - orange ones, purple ones...

    I keep several days' worth of logs indoors in a cubbyhole I made specially. The wood is nice and dry on the surface when I come to burn it, and I don't have to go out in the rain every time I need a bit more firewood - I can wait until the weather's better.
    If it sticks, force it.
    If it breaks, well it wasn't working right anyway.
Welcome to our new Forum!

Our aim is to save you money quickly and easily. We hope you like it!

Forum Team Contact us

Live Stats

94Posts Today

2,558Users online

Martin's Twitter