A Blog About Logs

Posted by – Dale Mathes, Code Enforcement Officer

It’s officially autumn and the weather is taking a turn for the cooler.  A lot of folks are looking forward to firing up their fireplaces and wood-burning stoves to warm up their homes, which means they will need fuel, i.e. logs.  But where and how to store them?

logs on ground - bad
A good example of what not to do.

Auburn Hills doesn’t have an ordinance specifically laying out how logs should be stored, but there is one concerning how not to store them.  Ordinance 34-151(3) states “logs…placed or stored in a manner so as to be attractive, dangerous and accessible to children” are considered an “attractive nuisance.”

proper wood storage
A safe and dry wood storage solution

Piling up logs in the front yard will come to the attention of your friendly, neighborhood Code Enforcement Officer.  A better, safer and more useful method of storage is on a rack, either homemade or purchased commercially.  A rack keeps the wood off the ground.  This is important because logs in contact with soil rot from the bottom up.

So rack ‘em, stack ‘em and keep your logs dry and rot-free.