How to store kiln dried firewood

Keep your logs dry this winter

We have written many articles on the benefits of using kiln dried logs (kiln dried logs will save you money, The Difference Between Seasoned And Kiln Dried Logs).  In these articles, we describe kiln dried logs and their many benefits.  You're sold, you want to buy them, there is just one stumbling block: storage.  You are still hesitant to invest in kiln dried logs as you’re not sure how to store them?   And you're right, storing logs can be tricky.  They are bulky and difficult to handle.  In many ways, coal and smokeless fuel has the storage advantage.   However, all is not lost. Here we offer a few tips on how to store your kiln dried logs.


Humidity

keep kiln dried logs away from moisture How can you best keep your kiln dried logs away from moisture (without moving to the south of France)?

The best way to store logs is in a low humidity environment, essentially indoors where it’s warm and dry.  The ideal place to store kiln dried logs is indoors. While you can safely store them outside, doing so will diminish the quality of the logs. Kiln dried logs burn hotter and for longer periods than seasoned logs because they contain very little moisture.  If left in a humid environment (e.g. anywhere outside in the UK), they will eventually equalize — absorbing the the moisture from the surrounding atmosphere. As a result, they will burn sooty and at a lower temperature. Storing kiln dried wood outside causes it to lose its potency.


Indoors, you say...It could be possible...

Any space in the old garage or shed to store a few logs? Any space in the old garage or shed to store a few logs?

The optimal place to store kiln dried wood is in a dry environment.   Do you have space in your garage, for example?  Your garage may not be as arid as the Pedirka Desert but it's better than outdoors in the rain.    Alternatively, you could use a large, empty cupboard in the main part of your home?  Even your attic or basement? The truth is that you can store kiln dried wood anywhere that it will be protected from humidity. (One caveat is it should be kept away from intense heat to minimise the risk of a fire breaking out.)


Outdoors?  You need a wood store...

Need a woodstore? We sell some cracking ones. Need a wood store? We sell some cracking ones.

You may wish to invest in a wood store for your kiln dried firewood. If you have no choice but to keep the wood outside, a wood store will help protect it from rain, and therefore slow the rate at which its moisture content level rises.  A wood store with vented sides exposed to the air is ideal. This will allow the prevailing wind to blow through and keep moisture from getting trapped.  Thus stopping mould and fungus from forming.


Kiln dried is still better

Biomass powered kiln for firewood This kiln may look spooky but it works!

Kiln dried firewood has many advantages. Don’t be afraid to buy kiln dried just because you’re unsure of how to store it! By following the guidelines we’ve outlined here, you’ll find that it’s easy to keep your kiln dried logs in top condition.

2 thoughts on “How to store kiln dried firewood”

  • Helen

    Hi
    I read your info about storing kiln dried wood. I live in Cornwall which has very warm and humid summers, with the outdoor humidity regular in the mid 90s or even greater in the summer. Does this mean that I can't store my kiln dried logs outdoors in this climate? I'd be grateful for any help on this. Indoors isn't much less humid so that's not really an option either as I regularly get rH indoors of over 70 %!

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    • Liz Foulds

      Hi Helen

      This is a tricky one and there are no easy answers. I'll just give you a few thoughts/options that come to mind.

      Our kiln dried typically arrives at between 10-18% but, you are right, the wood will equalise and therefore gain moisture over time in a humid environment. As the wood arrives ready to burn, one tactic would be try and keep the moisture away from the wood. Would it be possible to have a sealed unit, either outside or in a garage? You could make something or perhaps use a large old wardrobe? If so, make sure there is still some minimal ventilation providing air flow.

      If storing outside in the elements, it's the wind that is your biggest ally in keeping wood dry. Can you use the prevailing wind to your advantage? Is there an exposed position anywhere with plenty of sun and wind?

      The last somewhat radical option is to create a humidity controlled environment using a small efficient dehumidifier. This would ideally be indoors but could also be in the garage.
      If you do find any good solutions/answers, do let us know as we love to as we love to hear creative answers to storage problems.

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