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Forum topic by Steven H posted 12-27-2010 02:32 AM 1380 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Steven H

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12-27-2010 02:32 AM

I pick up some logs from my streets, a week of heavy rain occurred and it caused the tree to fallen.
What is the best way to store the logs? Its very wet. Would a garage work with insulation work?

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#1 posted 12-27-2010 02:39 AM

From my experience on my 5 acres cutting fire wood the tree that is green has wetness before the rain and I don’t think much of the rain in one or two days of rain would make much difference. Any place out of the rain will dry the surface but I think you would have to mill the wood to get the tree aired out. That being said I was splitting some fire wood today and the rounds have been out in the weather for 3 years. These rounds are about 14” dim. and were wet only about 2” into the tree and rot had started. Some were more than 4” and all I did was split off the wet/rot stuff. The wood inside was wet but now that it is split it will dry by next winter. Any help?

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#2 posted 12-27-2010 04:14 AM

What do you want to do with them? Are you planing on making boards or cutting it up for turning stock.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#3 posted 12-27-2010 04:36 AM

I am planning to use them for bandsaw boxes, and some boards…

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#4 posted 12-27-2010 09:42 AM

I didn’t have time to saw mine into boards this year, so I split them in half about 6-8’ long to get them started seasoning. I stacked them under a roof. Not sure if that is right, wrong or indifferent??

I have some fir rounds that have been down for about 4 or 5 years. They seem to be dry all the way through. They have just been laying under a big fir more or less in an almost dry spot. Biggest is about 12-14 inches. Interresting that they didn’t check. Not sure why not??

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 12-27-2010 03:25 PM

There are only two things you need to do now. First, get the ends coated with something like AnchorSeal or a couple coats of paint. This keeps the log from checking on the ends. Second, get it up off the ground. If it is under cover, so much the better but I wouldn’t put it in the garage at this point. As long as it is not sitting on the ground, it is fine. Depending on the wood, you have some time before it must be milled.

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