I think you might want the most stable environment possible.

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Posted by Cal ( on August 03, 2003 at 01:03:52:

In Reply to: Proper Storage Conditions posted by Gregg on August 02, 2003 at 05:11:41:

I just bought a nice piece of all wood furniture and it was stored in a dry basement with temperatures that were never below 60 degrees. Floor level anywhere is always questionable as far as humidity goes, it seems unstable to me anyways. Ever notice how outside doors on homes expand and contract when they get cold?, or the humidity changes in the least bit? Not being an expert myself the better the finish and the older and harder the wood the more stable it should be if it has been cared for. Live trees freeze in the winter and start growing again in the summer. Your furniture should be fine but also realize that -20 temps mean that frozen air moisture could seep get into the airspace, which can get into your storage space but if your wood finish is good it will absorb little or no moisture and your more safe depending on length of storage. If you encased your stuff in plastic you could probly store it almost anywhere safely, but I think wood does need to breathe some which I'm not so sure about that either. Buy insurance if the stuff is valuable is all I can say.

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