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Forum topic by KenBry posted 519 days ago 829 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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KenBry

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519 days ago

I have a bunch of lumber in my garage that I need to store outside of my garage. I need the best suggestions on how to store it so it doesn’t get destroyed. Otherwise I might have to give it away just to get it out of the garage.

I live in Phoenix AZ and the summer heat is an average of 110

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.


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AandCstyle

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#1 posted 519 days ago

Ken,
Option 1: Stack it outside like you were stacking lumber to dry it, but cover it with a tarp and put buckets of water in with the wood under the tarp. Refill the buckets as needed. If it is already dry, you probably don’t need to sticker it.
Option 2: Find a wood working group and ask them how they store lumber outside.
Option 3: Go to a local lumberyard and see how they store their lumber.

I know that the sun and dry wind will kill wood that isn’t protected. I imagine it is like trying to store wood in a blast furnace. Good luck.

-- Art

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#2 posted 519 days ago

I don’t have actual experience with heat, but I would keep the tarp up off the wood.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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DS

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#3 posted 519 days ago

Any wood that I’ve ever stored outside long-term has taken some damage to it.
Tarps typically won’t last very long as the direct sunlight UV rays break down the plastic.

The best result was a small lean-to (A lumber rack with a slanted roof) that I built against my block wall fence. The roof was shingled and the sides were open. I figure if this works for the lumber yards it can’t be all that bad.

Just stack it flat and keep rain and direct sunlight off of it and you should be okay.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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Milo

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#4 posted 518 days ago

Contact Matt at the Wood Whisperer. He’s in Phoenix and might have some good advice for you.

-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...

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Grandpa

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#5 posted 518 days ago

Stack wood in the sun and it will never be straight again. Keep the sun off it. Tarp will work, roof will work, a human body stacked on top will work but keep the sun off it.

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KenBry

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#6 posted 518 days ago

Thanks for all the good advice, i believe my best plan is to give away. I don’t really have that many pieces that it would be a big loss.

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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DS

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#7 posted 518 days ago

If you are looking for volunteers to take it off your hands, I am always looking for opportunities to help my fellow woodworkers! heheh.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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