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Baron
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How Long, how long shall I wait

Good Morning Men!

How long must I keep stickers in slabs and lumber.

Last fall I stored all of my air-dryed lumber into an old barn and would like to remove the stickers to consolidate the stacks and make more room for access. They were all btwn 11% and 14% when I checked them. The Barn is a PA bank barn (old dairy barn) with good air movement.

 

Baron

eddiemac
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Under the conditions you mention, dead-stacking should be fine.  I've never had a problem with air-dried lumber flat-stacked under my open shed roof.

Bill
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Like Eddie I've restacked piles of lumber without the stickers and no problems.

Baron
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Thanks Gents! 

Hope you are all well.

 

r.garrison1
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One thing you may do is sticker every 10 layers or so, so there is some cross-support. Makes it one big bundle, instead of a lot of stacks of boards. More stable. Don't need to be too thick of sticker, just something to hold it together.

kirk
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I just recently received a bunch of eastern red cedar 5 footers I am going to get another log rest for my lm29 so I can mill them.I plan on cutting 1 inch boards to make a cedar closet how long should I air dry them.

r.garrison1
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Cedar can dry pretty fast depending on the humidity. I would suggest getting a moisture meter, and checking it. When you get down under 10%, you may try using it, but it may be better to get it to 7% or lower. You can get a moisture meter at HF cheap, or if you want more accuracy try a wood supplier or Amazon. I use a HF one, and it does OK for me.

eddiemac
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Red cedar shrinks less than 4% in drying (which means not much). Some people recommend using it at 10% moisture as it is said to be brittle when too dry (don't go under 7%). I've seen brittle cedar but never had any problem with over-drying, as you probably can't get to that point with air-drying. (In fact, you may not be able to get to 10% outdoors due to the relative humidity). It may be usable in a couple of months, but it would be wise to follow Garrison's advice above.

Baron
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I concur Eddie. I once wasted a kiln cycle on Cedar and that which I didn't dry was ready in a few weeks anyway. I love working with it but if screwing or nailing close to ends you may elect to predrill and in any case take caution.

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