Lumber Covering Materials
Advice on how to cover piles of sawn wood for air-drying. December 6, 2009
I am looking for an economical, durable wood cover. My first choice has been two sheets of galvanized interlocking 3' roofing metal, overlapping in the center so it sticks out 6-8" on both sides of a 4' wide pile. However this material is up to about $1.50 a square foot ($50 for a 12' sheet) making it $100 to cover a 10' long woodpile properly. What else can I recommend to my customers besides 4x8 sheets of CDX plywood? Any favorites out there? I hate tarps - they leak and tear, and some people end up asking me why their wood has mildew on it (because they covered the whole pile!).
(Sawing and Drying Forum)
From contributor A:
Most of my piles just have two layers of low grade wood stickered on top. Good wind flow helps as much as anything.
From contributor D:
Several top layers just soak up the rain, and it doesn't get down much more than that?
From Professor Gene Wengert, forum technical advisor:
Tar paper and low grade lumber.
From contributor C:
Good old heavy poly plastic on an A-frame.
From contributor L:
Go see a barn building business. Ask if they have bent or torn metal roofing material for cheap. Got mine for free! It's been working fine for 15+ years. Might need extra to overlap holes or tears.
From the original questioner:
Thanks for your responses. The tar paper got my customer's vote.
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