|Forum topic by ADHDan||posted 09-04-2014 01:22 PM||846 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
09-04-2014 01:22 PM
So as I mentioned in a prior thread (http://lumberjocks.com/topics/61023 ), in the next few days I’m going to be receiving a U-Haul filled with lumber – enough air-dried live edge slabs of domestic hardwood to fill a roughly 10×10 storage room. There is no way that I can store this amount of wood in my house, so I’m going to have to keep it outside on the asphalt under my deck (which is about 12’x20’). I live in the Twin Cities, so we get some significant humidity and temperature swings.
After reading a bunch of other resources on the topic of lumber storage, I feel like I’ve gotten conflicting advice and I’d like to see what the consensus is on LJ and also ask some questions. My current (tentative) plan is:
—Put 4×4 cedar strips on the asphalt to elevate the first layer of hardwood off the ground and sticker between each layer with 1” x 1.5” pine strips (ripped from BORG two-bys);
Basically, the goal would be to enclose the underside of the deck with a wood ceiling and tarp walls. This won’t keep out atmospheric moisture but it should keep rain/snow from getting directly on the lumber.
My question is whether there is anything else I should do (or do differently). Some resources suggest I wrap each individual slab in plastic, which would be way too time-consuming and difficult. Other resources suggest draping a tarp over the entire lumber pile and weighting it down to seal off the wood, but I’ve read that this can trap atmospheric moisture and promote mold. Finally, some resources have suggested draping a tarp loosely over the pile (as sort of a “backup canopy”), but not covering it completely or weighting it down so that air can still circulate through the wood.
I don’t have the time to build/resources to buy an actual storage shed right now, and assuming I can close it off decently I feel like this would be a great way to utilize the wasted space under my deck. I just want to do it in a way that keeps my lumber in reasonably good shape. Thoughts?
-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.