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Posted on Looking for Tips on Buying/Storing Green Wood

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#1 posted 02-10-2017 07:44 PM

I have done what you are considering many times. Last load I bought was 2000 bf of walnut and cherry, I paid $.80/bf. That’s 80 cents/bf. took two trips with my 18 foot flatbed trailer to get it all home. I stickered it in the open end of my stable. It sat for 3 years before I used any of it. It’s now 10 years old. I’ve used about half of it. I always have several “generations” of such lumber in the pipeline. After it’s dried outside, I move it into the shop which is A/C and heated where it continues to dry for several months before use.

You should stack it outside behind the garage, cover it as already described. Do not put it in either building for at least a year. Rule of thumb is one year per inch of thickness before it’s reached equilibrium.

-- Murphy's Carpentry Corollary #3: Half of all boards cut to a specific length will be too short.

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