Back around January, 2020 there was a post about, Will Wood Dry in a Garage? Discussion was mixed - some folks thought that you could and some thought not. The usual discussion about the effects of sun and wind vs being in an enclosed space were brought up. Well, I am always up for a little experiment and so was @johneh, so we joined forces and ran an experiment over the Summer. Here are the results:
- We both used wood from a live tree. John did Red Oak and Sugar Maple - I did just Red Oak.
- John is in Eastern Ontario, I'm in Southern Wisconsin.
- We each split a log in half, and then stacked one of the splits inside and the other split outside.
- John stored his in his shop, I stored mine in my garage.
- We both stacked outside in a good drying area with sun and wind and the stack was covered.
- We started the test around mid-April and we concluded the test around mid-October.
- The splits were then split again and a moisture reading taken on the fresh split.
- John had better drying by 2.8% on the Maple and 2.7% on the Oak - In his shop
- I had better drying by 2.2% on my Oak - In the garage
- John was not surprised by the results, he always has thought that his wood dried better inside than out.
- I was surprised by the results. I have always thought that the effects of wind and sun were key to getting wood to dry.