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Storing KD timber outside9/6
We are a professional furniture producer.
We are KD all of our Oak and Spruce timber to 8%
We would build it on a isolated concrete slab.
I'm asking this because at this moment we cannot afford to cover the sides and to install heating without getting a loan for it. (which we do not plan on doing)
Any wood stored outside will acclimate to your local moisture content.. in most of the U.S. this will be in the 12-14% ...
We are processing roughly around 50000BF monthly spread over different thicknesses.
Part of it is coming from our own Kiln, other part is coming with full truck loads.
So we will alway's need to have timber in storage for on average 1 month.
If you can't afford walls, how can you afford all that lumber inventory? No way would I want to directly put lumber into production after being stored outside in the rainy season. Or bring cold lumber into a heated structure. You're asking for failed glue joints and warping wood. Warranty claims will be much more expensive than insulated wall and climate control.
Our lumber stock is a normal expense for us.
Building the concrete slab + the structure And roof is costing us around 50000€
The timber Will be sawn And 4-Side Moulded first And then it would stay inside the factory for over 2-3 day's atleast prior to gluing
If you do this, at least wrap your packs in plastic.
Why would you put a barrier in the roof if there are no walls? You will have to sticker the wood and move a ton or air around it to get it up to room temp after the stack has be exposed to -24 degrees. I don't think two or three days will get it acclimated. I still don't like the idea. I would rent a warehouse before I set kiln dried wood outside in driving snow and rain. You know the bottom stack is going to get wet if the roof is 15' high.
Don't waste your time if you are not going to put walls on the building. Walls and no heat will work. We don't have insulated walls, just steel sheeting to keep the rain and snow out. We've been doing it for years with no problem. As Ed said the wood will pick up moisture but it will take some time. The outside boards in the pile will pick it up fastest.