Moisture content under tarps unreliable, or am I losing it?

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fbelec

Minister of Fire
Nov 23, 2005
3,422
Massachusetts
i have the opposite here i buy black rolls of plastic 10 foot wide slice it in half then cover my stacks with the 5 foot plastic. i also make my rows like a house that peaks in the center of the row and works downward to the ends. snow and rain just drain off with no puddles. the black plastic acts like a oven and dries the wood underneath it and it stays dry no matter what season that we are in. during the winter with snows coming down and wind the edges of my wood gets snowy and if the temp goes above freezing it melts to wet the wood. only the black plastic stays dry and dries better than the rest of the stack
 
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fbelec

Minister of Fire
Nov 23, 2005
3,422
Massachusetts
also i have pallets that hold 1/3 of a cord of wood sometimes 1/2 a cord and if i leave them with no cover under the pines where they are there is so much debris coming off the trees that it clogs up any air from getting into the stack and they don't dry. even maple after 2 to 2.5 years are still heavy and not dry
 
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johneh

Minister of Fire
Dec 19, 2009
4,375
Eastern Ontario
The key to faster drying covered or uncovered is location
Lots of Sun with good air movement that is the best scenario.
 
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