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#1 posted 12-24-2008 12:27 AM

There are several issues about storing them. Each specie has different problems.

Insects can attack them. Debarking helps – as does the cleaniliness of the storage area.

Bacteria and mold present in the log can spread leading to staining if the wood is not dried fast enough. Blue stain in pine is the norm for logs that aren’t processed quickly in warm weather.

End checks can be reduced by using a sealer such as Anchorseal, beeswax or parrafin.

Then there’s heart checks which can split a log open end to end right down to the pith. Al’s suggestion will help to control it…so will sawing a cut to the pith on one side from end to end.

Old dry logs can be harder to split.

I know the practical side of this is you are given logs, don’t know what you’re going to use them for, and want to keep them until the need arises. But considering the problems with storage, I would do as John suggest and split them up within 6 months or so. If sealed, they’ll usually retain enough moisture to still have most of the characteristics of a green log. Most species of logs over 1’ diameter, if sealed, will lose little mosture over that period.

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