I tried doing a search on this topic, then became overwhelmed. So, if this is redundant, I apologize. We found a lumber mill half-way between here and the farm, and we can buy lumber from them WAY cheaper than we can get it retail. Only glitch is that the wood isn't dried yet. How long does wood have to dry before you can use it? How do you dry wood? What is the meaning of life? If you can answer the first two of my three questions, I am VERY grateful. (If you can answer ALL three, you're my hero!) Pony!