I made a grave error recently. I bought a lot of 2 X 4s to finish off
my basement. Unfortunately, I couldn't get to it right away, and the
lumber sat on the floor of my basement for about 5 weeks. Well, when I
bought the wood, I selected each piece for straightness. Guess what?
About 2/3s of them are all twisted and bent out of shape - useless
except for starting a fire in my fireplace.
So, don't be like me. Buy your wood just prior to using it. If not,
you may end up wasting a lot of money.
Well, yeah.. My dad was a carpenter and he never had wood laying
"My doctor says I have a malformed public-duty gland
and a natural deficiency in moral fiber, and that I am therefore
excused from saving Universes."
To reduce warp I always stand lumber up as vertical as possible to allow the
air to circulate around all 4 edges so that it dries evenly. If it is winter
I prefer to keep my wood in the unheated garage. If I have too much to stand
up and I need to lay it on the floor, I always put spacers under it and
either clamp them all together with a pipe clamp or pile weights, concrete
blocks or fertilizer bags on the pile to keep it reasonably flat. These
methods don't always work but keep the warping and twisting to a minimum.
:To reduce warp I always stand lumber up as vertical as possible to allow the
:air to circulate around all 4 edges so that it dries evenly. If it is winter
:I prefer to keep my wood in the unheated garage. If I have too much to stand
:up and I need to lay it on the floor, I always put spacers under it and
:either clamp them all together with a pipe clamp or pile weights, concrete
:blocks or fertilizer bags on the pile to keep it reasonably flat. These
:methods don't always work but keep the warping and twisting to a minimum.
I've done similar to some drywall in my garage. I have it stacked on a
flat horizontal surface. My limited experience has shown that drywall
pieces will warp easily. These are not full sheets, but I'm sure it
applies to them even more so.
Why not? And don't use creosote as a reason, that is not a good one if
burned properly. Hardwood is better, but softwood, especially construction
lumber that has been reasonably dried, works very well. Many people only
have pine available and have heated their homes with it for centuries. Use
what you have.
Every time the subject of firewood comes up and I mention Osage Orange,
nobody's ever heard of it.
But it's the best firewood in North America.
Lucky for me, I've got a 165-foot-long treeline of them from an old
hedgerow some farmer planted 80 years ago.
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