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Posted on How long before I can start using this Ash?

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#1 posted 04-04-2013 06:16 PM

I have dried a good bit of lumber over the years and I find that lumber on sticks dries best outside in a sunny location with good air flow. Since our prevailing wind is from the west I try to have the ends of the boards pointing north and south, I put the poorest boards on the top of the pile then build a sloping roof out of used roofing. If you place a couple of cheap ratchet straps across a layer of boards down several layers from the top you can run them over your roof when the pile is done to hold it in place.
I notice you are in MI so I expect your winters are about like the are here in VT. If you bring some of the wood into a heated portion of your house around Thanksgiving I bet you can use it by New Years day. Nothing like dry winter air in a heated house to dry lumber.
I have used one of the cheap moisture meters in the past and found they worked pretty well. The best way to use it is to cut a board at least a foot from the end and check it in the center, you might put a couple of the poorer boards where you can get to them easy for testing. The one year per inch rule of thumb is just that if it dry you can use it. Nice looking stack of wood by the way Ash is such a great wood for furniture very stable I have done a couple of kitchens with it almost everyone thinks it is oak.

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