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02-21-2017 06:05 PM

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Hi, I am currently active duty which is why I am asking this question and I am wondering if it would be wise to cut my trees down and let them dry for five years before milling them into lumber? Your opinions, experiences, and any general info you have on this topic would be appreciated.
Of course I would de-bark the logs before letting them sit to dry.

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#1 posted 02-21-2017 06:09 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks.

Cutting thick slabs and properly stickering and stacking in a storage area would be better.

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#2 posted 02-21-2017 06:14 PM

Cut the lumber while green. Sticker and dry the boards. If you leave the logs whole you will induce checks (cracks) from differential drying that will run throughout the logs, making much of the wood useless (or less useful).

-- Murphy's Carpentry Corollary #3: Half of all boards cut to a specific length will be too short.

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#3 posted 02-21-2017 06:59 PM

Yes, wait till you get back then cut and mill while green.

Depending on wood species, leaving them around can also result in insect damage.

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#4 posted 02-21-2017 07:41 PM

Unless the trees are dying off now you would gain five years of growth if you don’t cut them now. Once they are cut you will get the best results by milling quickly into lumber and then properly air drying them followed by kiln drying if necessary and appropriate for the type of lumber and intended use.

Good Luck!

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#5 posted 02-21-2017 08:00 PM

welcome to the forum!! there are quite a few risks/consequences to letting logs sit for years on end before milling. maple is one that it doesn’t take long to start deteriorating. in fact, its possible to have a log that could be perfectly white if milled ASAP, but just sitting a few weeks will give it streaks.

imo, its best to mill as soon after cutting as possible. is a great place with lots of experience and information on milling. you may want to check em out.

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