Drying a log - fungus and lice-like creatures discovered

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Forum topic by Sjur posted 06-15-2015 10:03 PM 615 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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06-15-2015 10:03 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tree lumber wood log birch question


My neighbour cut down a birch tree that was in the way of an electrical line. It was in a hill and right before winter, so when the day after snow began to fall, they didn’t clean the branches up. About 5 weeks ago they cleaned the hill up from branches, so I came and scooped some of the logs – about 50cm wide in diameter by 50cm tall.

It had barely cracked in the endgrain, so I thought it was worth saving.

I stored it in my garage. About a week after fungus started developing. I asked a carpenter and he told me it was not a problem.

Today I saw lice-like creatures crawling on top of it. I could easily spot 10-20 of them. What should I do? Get rid of the logs ASAP so they don’t spread to my other already dried lumber? Store it outside? Store it in a plastic bag?

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#1 posted 06-16-2015 02:31 AM

Birch has a sweet sap. I used to make “maple syrup” with it. The bugs are more likely interested in the sugar not the wood. Seal the ends with paint or something and see what happens.


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