I'm going to be getting several hundred BF of kiln dried wood, and I don't have the room to store it all undercover. The wood will be 4/4, 6/4, 8/4, and some 1/2". Hard and soft maple, red and white oak, and elm.
My plan is to store the bulk of it outside. I will use 2 or 3 railroad ties to support the stack off the ground, and then spread a layer of large, thick plastic. I will then dead-stack the lumber on top of this plastic. When all is stacked, I'll pull the plastic sheet sides up and over the stack as tight as possible, and secure. This will be the storage of the bulk of my lumber.
Periodically I'll open the stack and pull 50 board feet or so to mill in my shop. I will then carefully enclose my outside stack. The 50 board feet in my shop will take me 2 weeks to mill to my desired dimensions.
Assuming my wood starts at 6% moisture, will I have trouble with it gaining moisture outside if stored in this manner? If I have 50 board feet uncovered in my shop for milling purposes for two weeks, will its moisture gain be negligible? Most of my milling will be creating trim and/or resawing to thin stock.
I'll be inspecting my lumber often for threats of bugs and rodents. I am near Marshfield, Wisconsin, and I will begin this process early May.
(Sawing and Drying Forum)
From contributor S:
I don't like the idea, but if you don't have any options, make your pile in an area that won't get much if any direct sunlight. Heating up and cooling down every day will give you a lot of condensation.