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About a Dorset Log Store

 

The Design of your Dorset Log Store

All our log stores are made of FSC Swedish Redwood that has been treated against fungal attack and rot by the Tanalith-E® process (pressure treatment), a modern, environmentally friendly treatment to prolong the life of your new purchase.

We therefore offer a 15 year warranty with all Dorset Log Stores, Garden Stores & Wheelie Bin Stores against fungal attack and rot. This modern treatment means that, because there are no harmful chemicals involved, this timber can ultimately be disposed of the same as any untreated timber.

All our timber is Swedish Redwood, a slow-grown timber from the very north of Sweden.  We source this timber ourselves from one family mill so we can ensure and maintain quality and standards.

The sides and base of your Dorset Log Store are made of planed, ex-1 inch (ex-25mm) thick timber on a sturdy framework. The base is made of ex-1in framed timber mounted on strong bearers, to support the considerable weight of the logs.

There is a ¾ in (19mm) gap between each board to ensure an adequate airflow to remove the moisture from your logs in the shortest possible period.

All Log Stores are screwed together during construction and assembly, except the timber roof which uses stainless steel fixings.

All our construction screws are double plated and then painted (they are timber decking screws). This protects the metal from galvanic corrosion with the salts in the pressure treatment. Unpainted screws that are only plated will start corroding straight away. This also occurs in Cedar and Oak timbers.

 

 

Roof Options for your Dorset Log Store

We have made sure the roof of your log store is designed to shed the rain and shelter your logs.

We offer different roof finishes, to suit your home and the aesethically pleasing look you want to achieve. Most of the Log Stores we offer can have this option and you can select your roof type when adding your Log Store to your shopping basket.

On the right here you can see close ups of each roof type and there are more images with each Log Store design to show the finished effect.

The timber roofs are made of ex-1" (ex-25mm) slow-grown Swedish Redwood tongue and groove shiplap. This is machined in Sweden especially for us to our own profile specification and then pressure treated for longevity. It really is the best of this type of timber that money can buy!

Our Slate-effect tiled roofs are made from a BBA certified polyester resin composite, approved for use on residential houses. These are screwed to a 12mm exterior hardwood plywood base. We think these are so effective and you really would not know they were not Welsh Slate unless you touch them.

Our Cedar Shingle Roofs are Canadian Western Red Cedar, and again, BBA certified for use on houses and fully treated against insect and fungal attack. These are also secured to a 12mm exterior hardwood plywood base. They will give a nice rustic effect to your log store.

The fixings for our roof boards are made of stainless steel, again to protect against corrosion. Galvanised fittings will corrode in tanalised timber and the brown streaks you often see on other ordinary sheds and fences are evidence of this corrosion.

 
 

Where should I site my Dorset Log Store? 

Your Dorset Log Store should be placed in an area with good airflow to ensure the efficient drying of your firewood. It should ideally be stood on a firm, well drained surface; coarse gravel is an excellent surface for this. Failing this, a concrete base that is well drained or paving slabs will also be fine.  Avoid placing the store on wet grass or soil surfaces.

If you can put pieces of slate, for example, between the bearers and the grass, or concrete slabs it will be very beneficial to ensuring the longevity of the bearers. This is to ensure that the bearers are not sitting in water or on very wet grass for long periods of time. The bearers of the base of the log store also need to be evenly supported across the whole base. Your logs and the store may weigh several tons when full and wet!

Your Log Store carries a 15 year warranty against rot and fungal attack to the timber; however, this does require you to follow the above criteria particularly pertaining to the airflow and drainage of the ground it is standing on.

Your logs should ideally be open to the elements at the front of the store to aid air flow and leave at least a 2in (5cm) gap between the back of the log store and wall. The open front does not have to face the sun as it is all about air movement, not direct heat.

If we do make doors for your Dorset Log Store these are mainly to be used to create a storage area for tools, equipment, kindling etc.  Sturdy, smelter-galvanised, Brenton bolts are fitted to these doors so they can be padlocked if required. 

 

Painting your Dorset Log Store 

If you wish to paint or stain your log store you can do so, we suggest the use of micro-porous stain or paint to ensure that moisture cannot become trapped in the timber structure of your Dorset Log Store.
 
If you would like Dorset Log Stores to paint your log store for you, please ring on 01300 345916 and we can discuss colours and give you a quotation, or email timber@dorsetlogstores.co.uk. We use Dulux Aquatech paint, a microporous timber paint, expensive but worth it!
 
The tanalised timber we use has a green finish to the wood when first manufactured, but after exposure to sunlight this will, after a short period of time, tone down to a golden brown/silver grey hue. This in no way affects the longevity of the timber in your Dorset Log Store.