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#1 posted 11-12-2010 09:41 PM

I have a mill that air dries reasonably close by. He leaves the log to sit for a year or two before cutting, then lets it dry after cutting for a couple of years. The last red oak I got from him earlier this summer, he had dated 1996. I had a mill that kiln dried and he would cut first and air dry for a year and then put into the kiln (120 (F)) for up to 30 days. I would say the you are very accurate about when you cut a live tree. A good moisture meter is required. When I get lumber it is between 8-12 % MC. After sitting in shop, it is 1-2% MC at the highest.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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