STEP 4: Building the Log store sides
Starting with the back of the log shed start screwing in each 2.4m fence panel starting at the bottom and working up. Overlap each panel by 12mm. You should use 24 feather edge panels for the back. The overall height of the log store is 2.1m so you will have 30cm to overlap the 24 panels. Therefore overlap each panel by 12mm.
Attach each of your twenty 1.2m feather edge side panels again starting from the bottom and aligning each panel with the back panels for a uniform finish. You will see there is a gap above the twenty fence panels on each side. You can either buy two or three extra 2.4m feather edge lengths to fill these gaps or leave them open for air flow through your log shed as we have done.
STEP 5: Creosoting the Log store
It is likely that the sawn softwood at the bottom of the log shed will often get wet or sit in the wet. As part of your log store plans we suggest that you apply extra creosote to the bottom pieces and bottom feather edge panels so they weather better over time. At this stage you can also apply any wood creosote to the top and side feather edge panels. In our case the panels came pre-treated.
STEP 6: Connect the roof
Have someone help you lift the top roof piece onto the log shed and support it while you fix it into place with the remaining timber fixing brackets. Any spare timber fixing brackets should be used to strengthen any other weaker joins in your log store. The front of the roof should overlap the floor of the log store by at least 10cm and possibly more.
STEP 7: Flooring (optional)
If you have the budget then adding a floor into your log store design will enhance your wood store and make it easier to stack logs of random lengths. In fact if you have a substantial floor then you may be able to leave out the six 2.38m sawn softwood lengths from the floor altogether. We added the floor as an addition at the end but the added height from the floor will provide extra air flow and a gap to help stop the flooring rotting.
STEP 8: Seasoning your Logs
All you need to do now is cut your wood into even pieces and leave it to season inside your new log store. When a tree has first been felled the wood can have a large water content of around 45% and this moisture content will fall to around 20-25% with seasoning. Seasoning is the process of drying out the logs to maximize the heat you get from burning the wood. The wood will also be far easier to burn and make your job of starting the fire far quicker.
Cut your logs into similar lengths that will fit into your log fire and buy a maul axe that is specially designed for splitting the logs. Splitting the logs will help the wood season quicker. Cutting the logs thinner will mean they will burn quicker releasing heat quickly into your room. We have a mixture of small and large logs that can burn quickly or slowly over a whole evening.