Spring storage of wood fuel

With spring just around the corner, you might think that it’s time to put away the winter fuel and turn off the fire or wood-burner until the winter months.

Wood storage in spring is important Keep your wood dry and off the wet ground in spring

However, Met Office records show that between 1981 to 2010, the average temperatures for spring in the UK were  between 7 and 13⁰C, meaning that a little extra help with heating the home is welcome.

As you’ll be aware, any heating sources such as logs, coal or wood pellets need to be stored effectively to work as they should. Storage of wood fuel and fossil fuels in warmer weather can present a different challenge than storing them in the winter, so when working out how to organise your garden and storage, consider the following guidlines:

Wood

Logs from Logs Direct come already dried, so you don’t need to worry about drying off green wood before it’s suitable for use. However, you do need to keep those logs clean, dry and tidy so that they can be used as and when you need them.

They should always be kept off ground so that the air can circulate and damp doesn't have the opportunity to gather at the bottom of the pile. Said pile should also be loosely covered, either by a tarpaulin or a sheet. However, you should never cover tightly as this can encourage condensation, especially as the weather starts to warm up.

It’s also worthwhile using a pet and child friendly spray to deter insects and small animals.

Coal

Back when the majority of people had coal fires, they would have a bunker in the garden for the storage of their coal. While the design of bunkers has moved on somewhat, and now includes plastic houses, the principle is sound: keep the coal dry and free of pests while allowing access as and where you need it.

It’s also worth investing in a coal scuttle or basket indoors so you’re not off with a shovel every time the fire needs a few coals.

Pellets

As with the wood logs, wood pellets need to stay cool and dry with as little chance as possible for damp or condensation to affect them. Some pellets give off condensation so they need the opportunity for air flow to prevent this, and said air flow can also prevent damp or moisture from compromising the quality.