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storing dried lumber ???
« on: March 26, 2020, 08:04:43 AM »
I had a thought this morning about storing kiln dried lumber that I wanted to run by the experts.  Would using polycarbonate greenhouse type panels for a lumber storage shed adequately keep the dried lumber from gaining moisture?  I expect that a fan may be needed to circulate the air and a light barrier installed to keep the light off of the wood.

  I would think vents would be needed to control humidity.  What else should I be considering that I have not?  I would not plan to insulate the floor or walls.

I have seen some sheds with a dehumidifier or an a/c unit installed but solar is free.  Granted, this solar shed would probably not work for many areas of the country.

The slide down the slippery slope continues. (Hey, John, let's buy a small band sawmill and cut our own lumber).
Thanks for your input.

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Re: storing dried lumber ???
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2020, 08:10:41 AM »
Sliding the slippery slope is a fatal disease.  There is no cure.



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Re: storing dried lumber ???
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2020, 08:39:03 AM »
Caveman

Vents will only work to maintain ambient RH, which in your area can be high. If you were going to use vents, you would be better off storing it under cover without the expense of a greenhouse. Instead I would use a small household dehumidifier with a drain line to the outside. It shouldn't need much power as the wood is already dry and will only need to maintain the RH you set it for.

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I would think this would apply to wood guys.

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« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2020, 01:50:02 PM »
Thanks for the input.  A DH in a shed seems like a better idea.  I just checked our hot box.  It is at 151 and the solar kiln that we loaded yesterday was at 120 an hour ago.

Danny, the slabs from the cherry log that you gave me a year and a half ago went into the kiln yesterday.
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« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2020, 04:22:40 PM »
DH in a shed is only good if it will be over about 60 F inside.
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« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2020, 06:17:23 PM »
Doc, I was just telling my wife how the virus is messing up the project plans at Jake's for many of us, among other things.  Thank you for your input.

There are only a few days during the year that it may stay below 60 for a whole day here so the dehumidifier should do well.

After getting a load and a half of longleaf this morning I did my homework and reread some of Drying Hardwood Lumber this afternoon.  Ironically, we have a lot of softwood to saw and dry.

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