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#1 posted 05-18-2012 05:47 PM

I live in Peoria, AZ and am in the middle of drying some rough cut pieces of mesquite/ash/eucalyptus in my garage. I cut them extra thick (1.5-2”) and heavily coated the end grain with latex paint. Make sure you stack them evenly with separators (~ every foot) made out of a wood that won’t discolor (oak has tannins that can stain). Considering the intense dry heat here in AZ, I would be less optimistic about drying outside, but if you do, I would opt for a shaded area then cover with plywood and weight it down. Make sure you elevate the boards off the ground/concrete. Ensure adequate airflow around all surfaces. Oh ya… and be patient … figure a year for every inch of thickness. Good luck :)

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