Covering for air dried lumber?

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Forum topic by MattD posted 09-10-2007 05:51 PM 1318 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-10-2007 05:51 PM

Can anyone recommend a material to cover the top and sides of a stack of lumber to be air dried? Awhile back, I saw a documentary where a waterproof, but air and moisture permeable material was used to completely cover stacks. It provided for air movement, but protected the stack from sun and rain.


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#1 posted 09-10-2007 06:04 PM

I just use those cheap polu woven tarps and they seem adequate.
You can put a couple of stickers across the top of you stack to let the air circulate better.


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#2 posted 09-10-2007 06:05 PM

Old tin roofing works also. But the poly tarp is a good choice.

Make sure you put weight on top of the pile. The top layers will warp if not held down. Cement blocks, cylinder blocks, old refrigerators. some thing.

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#3 posted 09-10-2007 06:33 PM

Hey neighbor! Most people I know use a polytarp. It can be easily replaced. I’ve also seen tin roofing panels used but the pile was allowed to sit too many years and got spunky.

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#4 posted 09-11-2007 02:08 AM

Hi Matt;
—-all above are great answers, but I’ll toss in a new one….

I’ll often use left over sheets of plywood….and then what I use most is the heavy mil. of ‘back plastic’ rolls that you find at Home Depot and such. In my experience the black plastic will outlast the poly tarps. I have stored whole disassembled post and beam barns under the black plastic for a couple of years and still have some beams out behind my barn now that have been sitting under black plastic for 4 – 5 years.

The poly tarps give out over time and are expensive compared to the black plastic….

....which means this is only my two cents worth of opinion.
Thank you.

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#5 posted 09-11-2007 09:53 PM

Dont waste money on expensive products – use anything that keeps the rain off and lets the sides and ends breath.

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