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Forum topic by kyscroller posted 10-14-2019 01:22 PM 293 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-14-2019 01:22 PM

This may have been covered but I need advice in wood storage. My shop is pretty small. I have a wood storage shelf that is taking up about 12’ of wall. Can I store my wood safely in my non heated garage without ruining my wood and causing it to warp or crack. My shop now doesn’t have heat but doesn’t drop below freezing but my garage will in the dead of winter. Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks everyone.

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#1 posted 10-14-2019 01:30 PM

I expect that as long as the wood is kept out of the rain it will be ok

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#2 posted 10-14-2019 05:10 PM

I think you will be fine in an unheated garage. Obviously the humidity will change and probably drop to near “0” in the freezing part of winter so there will be some wood movement. The other thing to consider is wood borers if the wood you are storing is attractive to them. I have wood stored in a barn and some wood species seem more prone to the borers than others; especially the sap wood layers.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 10-14-2019 06:36 PM

I was not clear in your original post where you are, but I see you’re in Kentucky. Also, it might make a difference if you’re storing sheets of veneer vs 4” thick planks. Here in Calif. I find that veneer sheets will warp unless stored flat and weighted down with something flat. The major danger to 4” planks is wild fires.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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#4 posted 10-14-2019 07:14 PM

Wood doesn’t react to temperature swings in a really noticeable way. Temperature is more of a concern when considering the dimensional and mechanical properties of metals and plastics. With wood, the larger concern is with humidity swings. When it’s humid, the wood absorbs the moisture and expands. With dryer conditions, the water evaporates out and the wood contracts.

With green wood, you may have some concern with really cold temperatures because there is so much moisture in the wood that freezing could lead to checking and splitting. But on the whole, I wouldn’t give it a second thought.

I’m in southern VA and we have large temperature and humidity swings with the seasons. I have lots of wood stored outdoors on a covered patio in log form and all of my dry and milled lumber is stored in my insulated, but unheated, garage and I’ve never had cause to look for alternative storage. I would bring the wood into your shop and let it acclimate for a day or two before you use it though to avoid stability issues in the midst of a project.

Good luck!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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