well rob,, you are asking some pretty tuff questions.. first of all on the hoarding lumber part.. we all have been there at one time or another. as for the price raising all things are raising not just wood.. and in your next 8yrs yu may find that your interests have changed.. i have got a little lumber stash myslef and it happen fast over the course of a few years.. and its a disease that is hard to cure.. i can relate to your too good to use scenario as well but yu need to pic what yu need and use it when yu have the project..whats the most lumber yu have ever used for a project? take that and think of the space required for it and the time to get it there.. from the shops i have seen there are many that dont carry alot on hand they let the yards do it for them. i have air dried a fair amount of lumber and have had several thousand feet cut. yu will run out of room fast rob if yu hoard it..keep some good stuff for the special project and let the rest go and get it when yu need it..as for proper storage yu need go air flow and a way to keep the moisture off it.. and with some yu have the chance of bugs gettin into it.. which will render it worthless fast..so my advice is to stay with what yu have and dont get much on hand,, i have a inside storage area that is 16x24x10 its half full and i have a separate barn that has a stack in it that is also a garage that has two stacks in it.. so i talk from expeirence in that yu can have to much... i have stopped taking free wood and only thinking about the really good stuff but i am gonna thin bunch sometime soon
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