In the colder months, there’s nothing quite like resting your feet in front of a roaring fire. But you’ll need somewhere to put that stack of firewood - and you’ll also want something to carry your fuel in from storage to fireside.
There are a wide variety of different products available for indoor log storage - you’ll find everything from baskets to carriers to log rings out there. Of course, you’ll want to find fireside storage that looks right for your home, whether that’s contemporary and cool or timeless and traditional.
You might want to go for a centuries-old material like willow, rattan or even hand-forged steel; alternately, you may prefer a lighter material like canvas or felt. Just as important in choosing the right log storage are the practicalities: you’ll want something that’s durable and well-constructed.
Unsure where to start looking and stuck for ideas and inspiration? We’ve put together some indoor log storage ideas for you - read on for our pick of 11 of the best examples of indoor log storage out there.
If you’re new to wood-burning heating, you can take a look at our article on the best firewood. And for when it comes to chopping up your wood? Head to our guide on how to chop kindling, and our round-up of the best splitting axes and log splitters.
Contemporary fireside log holders and baskets
Amagabeli Fireplace Log Holder
Stylish. Simple. And – like the name says – modern. Looks great next to today's angular single and double-sided log burners this sturdy all-black metal frame is just at home holding and transporting logs as coal or kindling. The matte finish resists abrasions and a simple wipe down will restore it to smooth perfection. Sturdy enough to hold logs past the limits of its side frame, it's light enough to be carried outside and loaded up before returning to the fireside.
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Lodge Round Log Carrier
If you like your looks on the industrial side, take a look at this sheet-metal contemporary log holder, available from Garden Trading. Looks take precedence here - although that semi-cylindrical body isn’t particularly functional, this log holder would be a lovely striking addition to a contemporary fireside. Take note: the manufacturers state that since this product is handmade, there are welding marks on the inside of the carrier, although they are not visible when it’s filled with logs.
Cox & Cox Willow Log Holder
This willow log carrier from Cox & Cox has two high sides, each with a carry handle. The other two sides are exposed, meaning that this fireside log storage option keeps your wood on clear display. We particularly like the elegantly understated design: the willow has a natural, unvarnished finish.
Rubberneck Felt Firewood Basket
Simple and stylish – an ideal complement to a modern urban interior, free from traditional fireside accoutrements. And with a multitude of uses in addition to log storage. Magazines, clothing, towels, you name it. It's strong touch-friendly felt finish is capable of holding 60Kg of weight with 60 litres of space so you can use it for transporting – with two built-in handles – as well as storing by the fireside. And when it's not in use it even folds flat for storage.
Cox & Cox Rattan Log Trolley
Since it is intended to be pulled rather than carried, this rattan trolley, again from Cox & Cox, has a very large capacity and is 95cm high. This log basket has two caster wheels at the base along with a handle that doubles as a prop that the whole carrier can rest on, as well as two larger pulling handles at the top. It also looks particularly fetching while upended in a static position.
Rattan Log Trolley
Amagabeli Large Canvas Log Carrier Bag
Here's a simple and stylish option. Looking like a sleek duffle bag this simple canvas cover-all serves as the perfect lightweight way to transport logs from outdoor storage to indoor use and looks the part for indoor storage too. Simply undo the fastening and it folds flat allowing you to load it up. Pick up the handles, tighten the belt and it's a transporter and store allowing you to pull the logs out from its open ends. If you're after something different and less bulky than alternatives then this could well hit the spot perfectly.
Carrier Company Classic Log Carrier
Wood and metal indoor log storage might be too hefty and space-consuming - a fabric log holder, by contrast, can be folded up and put away in the warmer months when your fire is not in use. This canvas container from the Norfolk-based Carrier Company is made of a tough, hardwearing jute, and is intended just as much for general garden use as it is for log storage.
£38, Carrier Company
White Company Log Large Basket
A large-sized fireside log basket made of rattan that is hand-woven in Indonesia. The washed-black colour of the rattan gives it a stylishly modern edge, meaning it is a log holder that will likely look just as good in contemporary as well as country homes. We love how it looks, - although we suspect that two people will need to take a handle each if the basket is completely filled with firewood.
Log Large Basket
£100, The White Company
Live of Riley Leather Log Basket
If you’re looking for fireside log storage with some serious character, this leather carrier from Life of Riley might be for you. Made of hand-crafted, embossed premium leather, the design of this contemporary log holder is pleasingly unique. But the real reason we love this basket so much is the extra option available when you order - you can get a personalised message embossed on a leather tag attached to one handle. The perfect Christmas gift for someone?
Cox & Cox Large Iron Log Holder
This wrought-iron contemporary log holder has a design that feels almost sculptural - and is probably a log carrier for storing firewood only. Given its heft, the makers recommend that you put felt pads on its feet if you have hard flooring that might get scratched. There’s also a small version available for £85.
Hand Forged Jacobean Log Basket
This log ring is similar in rough design to the Cox & Cox log large iron holder, but is far more ornate in style, with its four arms tapering upward to beautifully finished turned metal nubs. Since this contemporary log holder has been hand-forged by blacksmiths, each item in this range is subtly unique: nobody out there will quite own the same log ring as you. Although the steel is made in a traditional process, it’s coated in a clear protective lacquer to ensure it stands the test of time.
Hand Forged Jacobean Log Basket
£238, Cast In Style
Graham & Green Linear Folding Log Basket
This log basket from family company Graham & Green is another contemporary log holder made of metal - black iron metal - and another that is semi-cylindrical in design. But what stands it apart is the fact that it’s foldable via a central hinge, so this needn’t take up space in your living room when your fire isn’t in regular use in the summertime.
Oval Felt Basket With Wooden Side Handle
Here’s another soft fabric option: an indoor log storage option made of grey-coloured 4mm felt. This contemporary log holder is certainly a much tidier option than the more decorative log rings, and is a good shout for those who are looking for something that can be tucked away easily, versus something that needs to take year-long residence beside your fire.
Daniel Griffiths is a veteran journalist who has worked on some of the biggest home and entertainment brands in the world. He is a serial house-renovator and home improvement expert, taking on everything from interior design and DIY to landscape gardening and garden design.