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Offline Brad_bb

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First time stacking outside to air dry?
« on: June 21, 2017, 08:57:45 am »
So this will be my first time stacking outside to dry.  5/4 Ash boards for flooring.  I'll probably kiln finish dry them after air drying, then bring them inside to plane.  Stacking outside, planning to use cinder blocks 2 high on bottom, spaced 18 inches apart, leveled as best I can.  Will stack timbers for weight on top and will cover top with Tin.  So I assume the sides will turn grey?  And that should be ok since I'm going to plane? Is this a good plan?  (Will sticker 12 inches as normal.) Up until now I have stacked in my pole barn and It's worked.  But this is on another site, and they will be planed on this site, so I don't want the extra work of stacking and to move home and back.
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Re: First time stacking outside to air dry?
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2017, 11:20:36 am »
Ash is very prone to insect damage. Kiln dry asap for best color and lack of insects.
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Re: First time stacking outside to air dry?
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2017, 11:37:42 am »
I would treat the boards as you sticker them for bugs. I do get bugs in the oak I stack and sticker outside. :( But as the wood air dries, the bugs leave.

As you can see in this picture of a oak board, stickering with dry oak stickers, I still had some stain and graying.

 

 

The good thing is that the stain was from water. Lite planning took it all out.

 

 

When I stack for air drying, my stacks are only 16" wide. To me, I am getting better air flow thru the stack. Down here stacking like I do, wood moisture drops down below 20% in less the 6 months on 4/4 boards. I set 8"x16" cinder blocks every 3' apart. Put a sticker down and then start stacking and stickering from there. I try to keep the stacks from going up above 3'. The tin I use is 36" wide. That helps keeping rain and direct sun from hitting any of the stack. Also, I set my stacks running east to west to help keep the sun off. Do paint the board ends for checking.

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Re: First time stacking outside to air dry?
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2017, 12:30:59 am »
Ash, Ash, and more Ash.  Well this is how far I got today.  I dropped some bands off for resharp and decided to stop at Menards to get some cinder blocks.  The majority of the stack is misc. sizes that came from the outside boards of the logs I was cutting timbers from.  A couple logs I sliced thru and thru for boards if they wouldn't make good timbers.  Got some mold growing on them from the last week and a half sitting until I got to edging them.  It should come off with planing later. 
 

 

I finished milling the Ash logs I had stacked on bunks last July.  But now the neighbor has been taking down a lot of dead ash on his place and I'm helping him by hauling off the logs with my side by side and logrite fetching arch.  These are the new logs on the ground.
 

 
 

 
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Re: First time stacking outside to air dry?
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2017, 10:42:18 am »
I think ash is one of the hardest woods on saw blades.
What do you think ?
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Re: First time stacking outside to air dry?
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2017, 02:12:48 pm »
I don't think so.  I have bands last quite awhile.  Removing bark or having clean bark really helps- logs not dragged through mud or gravel.  Osage is tough on bands.
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