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Doss

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#1 posted 721 days ago

It may just be me not being able to visualize the cut but were those crosscut or semi-crosscut at an angle? I see what appears to be rings but I can’t tell for sure. If so prepare for those things to have a radial crack at some point. I had some dry for a really long time (several months) and one day I checked them and they had a large radial crack in them. It happens on that sort of cut.

How dry is too dry? Probably not going to have to worry about that if you’re just storing them outside. They will never get “that dry.” Maybe in the winter they’ll get somewhat low but not in the summer. You should just take them inside if you’re running your air conditioner. store them out of the way and with space for air to flow around them.

The best way to check for how dry they are? Get a moisture meter. It’ll take less than 5 seconds with one of those. Even a cheap one is pretty decent most of the time.

What to do about the rotten part? You’ve done pretty much what you can which is removing it. You could’ve tried wood hardener but I don’t know if that works for anything other than soft spots in wood. So I’m pretty sure it couldn’t save a rotten section. Just make sure you got all of it out and keep the moisture off the logs and the airflow good.

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss


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