Air drying lumber over winter

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Forum topic by Jaison posted 10-15-2019 07:33 PM 250 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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10-15-2019 07:33 PM

I am having a bunch of tamarack milled up for a fence project I hope to complete in the spring. It will be cut green over the next few weeks and I’m looking to stack it over winter and get it as dry as possible. I’m in eastern Canada so it will be a rather cool and damp few months.

I really only have two options: the garage or the driveway. Garage is not heated. Do you think the slight temp increase in the garage, plus a fan would be a better bet versus stacking it outside with some plywood over it?


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#1 posted 10-15-2019 08:07 PM

I’m in New Brunswick, so probably not that far from you. Last fall I bought a bunch of green tamarack (mostly 1×10s). I painted the ends with a wax emulsion, stacked and stickered the wood in my garage and strapped the pile together with ratchet straps. Garage is detached and unheated. By the time I got around to checking it this past July, the MC was down to about 12%, pretty much fully air dried in our climate. While I was under the impression that tamarack is hard to dry, that has no been my experience – the wood dried quite straight and with only minimal cracking.
I think the garage will be better even if you don’t use a fan, unless you want to shovel snow around and over it for every nor’easter we get.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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