Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Powell River British Columbia, Canada
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Most wood will tend to warp, twist, and cup as it dries. About the best way to control these problems is to stack the wood in layers with sticker boards between them. [slats of wood maybe one or two inches wide and an inch or so thick] Line the stickers up vertically, so the load is straight up and down, and place your stickers every two to three feet along the length of the boards. The weight of the wood will help hold it down, and the stickers will allow air to circulate between the layers of boards so that drying is more even. If you have a dry area, such as a shed or shop where you can stack them that's better than outside, and if you can use a fan to circulate air through and around the stack that is even better. If you have to stack them outside, cover the wood with a tarp, but leave room all around the wood for air to circulate.
Quarter sawn wood means that the log is quartered lengthwise before the boards are sawn off. I am not a sawyer, but from reading posts of the sawyers it appears that there is a higher amount of waste if sawing this way.
In any event, if you can get free logs and cheap sawing you are one lucky dude.