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#1 posted 02-05-2017 12:58 AM

Both the locations you’ve listed are problematic.

One of the primary requirements for air drying green lumber is to have plenty of actual air flow through the stack of lumber. The air flow transports the moisture away from the surface of the lumber and as the outer portion of the lumber begins to dry the internal moisture begins to migrate towards the surface.

Ideally for many types of green lumber you need to have an open but sheltered drying space which allows air movement through the stacked lumber. You must of course use spacers, known as stickers, to provide space between the layers of lumber for the air flow. You want to shelter the stack from direct exposure to sunlight and rain. Many people use old metal roofing material to cover the top of the stack.

Both of the locations you’ve discussed using will present major problems with minimal air flow and maximum trapping of moisture. This will lead to fungus growth and rot.

Another thing to considered is the type of wood being dried. Some dry much easier that other with far less problems. Your mentioning white oak is why I brought this up. Oak in general and white oak in particular needs to be dried slowly to minimize surface checking which can ruin your wood.

With all that said, this can be a good way to get useable lumber and save some money.

Good Luck!

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