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Essential Summer Maintenance for Your Log Store: A Comprehensive Guide

Proper log store maintenance is crucial for keeping your Ready To Burn certified kiln-dried logs in top condition and ready for immediate use. This guide provides essential tips for maintaining your log store during the summer months, ensuring your logs stay dry and your store remains in good shape.

 

A man sat on a pile of firewood with an axe and repairing his log storeWhy Summer Log Store Maintenance Matters

Maintaining your log store in the summer is vital for several reasons:

Preventing Wood Rot: Regular summer maintenance prevents moisture build up, which can cause wood rot. Consistent upkeep can significantly extend the lifespan of both your log store and your logs.
Pest Control: Warm weather can attract pests. Regular log store maintenance helps identify and mitigate infestations early, protecting your firewood from being impacted.
Optimising Airflow: Good airflow is essential for drying firewood and keeping it ready to burn in the cooler months.

Essential Tips for Log Store Maintenance

1. Thorough Inspection and Cleaning
-Clear Debris: Remove leaves, dirt, and old wood pieces to ensure a clean environment for your firewood. Handling clean logs is far more pleasant, especially when bringing them into your home.
Check for Damage: Inspect the log store for wear and tear, looking for broken or loose parts. Repair them promptly.
Pest Inspection: Look for signs of pests and take appropriate measures to eliminate them.

2. Perform Structural Repairs
– Reinforce the Frame: Ensure the frame is sturdy. Tighten loose screws and replace any damaged wood.
– Roof Maintenance: Check for leaks or damage. A well-maintained roof is crucial to protect your firewood from rain and sitting water.

3. Optimise Airflow
Proper Spacing: Stack logs with enough space between them to allow air circulation. Avoid overcrowding to ensure good ventilation.
Ventilation: Add vents if needed or ensure existing ones are not blocked.

4. Control Moisture Levels
– Elevate the Base: Keep kiln dried logs off the ground to prevent moisture absorption. Use pallets or treated wood to elevate the base.
Waterproofing: Apply a waterproof cover to protect your kiln dried logs from summer showers.

5. Rotate Your Firewood
First In, First Out: Use older logs first. Rotate your wood stack to ensure the oldest logs are used up first.

 

Firewood tarpaulin cover for log storesAdditional Tips for Summer Firewood Storage

  • Provide Weather Protection
    Shade: While sunlight helps to dry the wood, excessive exposure can cause it to crack. Ensure your log store is in a shaded area or use a tarp.
    Shelter: Position logs to face sunlight and air flow but avoid excessive wind exposure. Cover with tarpaulin to protect from rain.
  • Choose the Right Location: Store firewood in a dry, well-ventilated area away from your house to avoid pest infestations.
    Stacking Technique: Stack wood in a crisscross pattern to allow better airflow.
    Use a Breathable Cover: Protect the top of the logs with a breathable cover while leaving the sides open for air circulation.

Benefits of Proper Log Store Maintenance

Improved Firewood Quality: Quality Ready To Burn certified kiln-dried logs burn more efficiently, produce more heat, and use less fuel.
Waste Prevention: Preventing problems extends the lifespan of your log store and protects your logs.
Environmental Benefits: Properly stored, Ready To Burn certified kiln-dried logs produce less smoke and emissions, making them more environmentally friendly.

By following these summer maintenance tips, your kiln-dried logs will be ready to burn, providing warmth and comfort throughout the colder months.

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