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Author Topic: Why set up spacers when stacking wood?  (Read 6759 times)

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Why set up spacers when stacking wood?
« on: April 12, 2010, 04:02:27 PM »
I have noticed in everyone's picks, when they are stacking their milled wood they are putting wood spacers in between the pieces of lumber.  Why is this?  Is it so the wood can dry?  Still new here, so bare with me on the moronic questions.  :-[

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Re: Why set up spacers when stacking wood?
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2010, 04:05:13 PM »
You got it. 

Without the space to let air circulate, the wood will mold and stain and eventually rot.   This process will start in a matter of a few days in hot, humid conditions.
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Re: Why set up spacers when stacking wood?
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2010, 04:18:31 PM »
That's not a moronic question. Nobody should be afraid to ask any question here. ;) Well, if you ask if you should take up grit eating as a hobby, you're on your own. :D
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Re: Why set up spacers when stacking wood?
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2010, 04:27:49 PM »
That's not a moronic question. Nobody should be afraid to ask any question here. ;) Well, if you ask if you should take up grit eating as a hobby, you're on your own. :D

Hahaha! I am not sure what you mean by grit, I'm thinking that is a northern term for dirt...but we do eat grits down here in Ga.  No I'm not afraid, just don't want to tarnish the craft.  Didnt have a father growing up so I've never had anyone to teach me mechanics or any type of trade.  My new father in law is working with me though.  He always has weird expressions on his face sometimes when I ask questions.  Then when I think about what I asked it makes me wonder as well.  He always asks "how does someone with two college degrees not know how to figure out angles?" I always say "I skipped school that day SIR!"

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Re: Why set up spacers when stacking wood?
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2010, 04:34:46 PM »
They are called stickers and are an inch square for the most part.You want them all the same size too.Don't want some a wider or thinner.Don't want crooked lumber right from the start.These should really be dried too.Not the best idea to saw stickers and and use them on the lumber you are sawing.I think most stack their piles not much wider than 6 feet to allow the air to circulate through the pile better.Use a GOOD foundation to stack lumber on and I think most will have a sticker over each foundation piece so the lumber will dry straight.If you can not have it drying under cover some will cover the pile with old steel roofing.Don't cover with a tarp or canvas.This will just keep the moisture in.I'm no expect on this.I'm sure others will step in to help out too.
About grit,he meant grits.Even though you eat grits I will still help you.   ;D
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Re: Why set up spacers when stacking wood?
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2010, 05:39:04 PM »
JB, The only "dumb" question is an "unasked" question.  I admire you for asking......and, I eats grits too.... food6
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Re: Why set up spacers when stacking wood?
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2010, 05:47:39 PM »
Down under we don't eat grits either :D

But as far as stickers go, we only use them sometimes; if the timber is to be structural and is hardwood we tend not to use them. If the timber is a known stainer - like hoop pine, then we cut it and sticker it ASAP, if the timber is going to end up as flooring or decking we do sticker it and also solid wide bark to bark slabs we sticker them too.
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Re: Why set up spacers when stacking wood?
« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2010, 07:57:04 PM »
I use the term grit so that I won't be confused with a legitimate consumer of said corn parts. ;)
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Re: Why set up spacers when stacking wood?
« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2010, 09:46:29 PM »
I use the term grit so that I won't be confused with a legitimate consumer of said corn parts. ;)

The grits bashers awake with the onset of spring  :).
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Re: Why set up spacers when stacking wood?
« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2010, 09:51:08 PM »
I did not bash the grits. I only wanted to make sure I was not confused with a true aficionado, such as yourself. ;) :)
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Re: Why set up spacers when stacking wood?
« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2010, 07:14:37 PM »
Nothing wrong with grits- the dogs love em...   ;D

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Re: Why set up spacers when stacking wood?
« Reply #11 on: April 13, 2010, 07:38:21 PM »
You've got some "high class" dogs, Lj.   Must be "registered" ....... :D :D :D
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Re: Why set up spacers when stacking wood?
« Reply #12 on: April 13, 2010, 08:03:39 PM »
Can you guys please tell me what  "grits"  actually is, I know it is something to do with corn :) :)
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Re: Why set up spacers when stacking wood?
« Reply #13 on: April 13, 2010, 09:00:47 PM »
Grits hijack!

They are ground corn, like polenta, which are the high class grits of the high class.
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Re: Why set up spacers when stacking wood?
« Reply #14 on: April 14, 2010, 07:25:29 AM »
I guess I've been in the South long enough now to qualify as a "da*n Yankee," so I'll let you in the secret: grits are ground up corn alright, but it's a special corn, selected over the years to have absolutely no taste whatsoever.  This allows the cook and/or end-user (whatever species that happens to be) to flavor in any way desired without interfering flavors from the basic ingredient.  Variants on corn-based products are high fructose corn syrup and corn starch.  All of these products have high calorie content but low nutritional value.

Do I eat grits myself?  Only when good manners force me to as a guest.  Kinda of like cream of wheat- keep it on the shelf so when you're totally out of food that tastes good, you have something to eat...  :-*

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Re: Why set up spacers when stacking wood?
« Reply #15 on: April 15, 2010, 01:37:50 PM »
These forums are so great... I am in northern Alberta Canada and have had an internet friend from Georgia send me a lttle bag of grits once.  I LOVED THEM!

Anyway. I love this forum so much that I am seriously thinking of getting a bandsawmill and a firewood processor so i can fit in a bit better,,,, haha
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« Reply #16 on: April 15, 2010, 09:51:15 PM »
Man, it  must be lonely up Alberta way if you're willing to spend that kind of money just to fit in here... wish I was up to the honor, but fortunately, there are a lot of people here who are.  So join in- you really don't have to spend the money to buy your own mill, just find someone else who has one and help out till he or she lets you saw on your own... oh, and then you'll HAVE to buy one! :D

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Re: Why set up spacers when stacking wood?
« Reply #17 on: April 15, 2010, 10:16:38 PM »
I'm surprised that nobody came up with," there are no stupid questions, just stupid answers.", which I think is quite right. Never hurts to ask but sometimes hurts to not ask. Your always welcome and always welcome to ask. I especially like fairly easy questions because I might be able to help someone instead of the other way around. If you chance to see commercial stickers they are shaped to allow better airflow and to minimize the contact area between the lumber and the stick. An 8 ft long pile might have as few as three or as many as 5 depending on species, thickness, grade, end use and the amount of time the lumber will be in that pile before it is handled again.
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Re: Why set up spacers when stacking wood?
« Reply #18 on: April 16, 2010, 12:54:54 PM »
Nothing wrong with grits- the dogs love em...   ;D

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Re: Why set up spacers when stacking wood?
« Reply #19 on: April 16, 2010, 09:25:40 PM »
These forums are so great... I am in northern Alberta Canada and have had an internet friend from Georgia send me a lttle bag of grits once.  I LOVED THEM!

Anyway. I love this forum so much that I am seriously thinking of getting a bandsawmill and a firewood processor so i can fit in a bit better,,,, haha

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