Red Oak Log Bacteria ?

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Forum topic by seb6200 posted 11-06-2012 04:55 PM 1006 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-06-2012 04:55 PM

I have 2 huge red oak logs that have been sitting in my yard for about 3 years, uncovered. My intent was to eventually get them lumbered and stack so i can used the wood for years to come. The logs are 16’ long, between 36” to 30” diameter.

A coworker mentioned that before i invest in getting it sawmilled, i should find out about some bacteria in red oak that develop when a log is sitting in the sun for a summer…i never heard of that before, so here is my checkup before i decide to turn this into lumber or get some nice board ou of it… He said that after the red oak get cut, the bacteria develop tiny little crask all over the board…..

I search online and could not find anything on this….

Can anyone advise on that ? Thanks in advance,


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#1 posted 11-07-2012 01:23 AM

I am thinking they have come across some old dry oak in eary stage of spalting. One of my personal favorites. I would continue with your processing regardless.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 11-12-2012 01:01 PM

Bacterial infection in oak occurs while the tree is alive, not after it is cut. It will be likely riddled with ambrosia beetle holes, but some people, including me, like the look. The sapwood may be punky, but the heartwood should be good. The cracks and checks in the wood come from drying too fast.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#3 posted 11-12-2012 09:35 PM

WDHLT has it right. The bark, bast and sapwood will get punky, ferment and smell not unlike ripe pampers. Cut a chunk off the worst end and see if the heart is still sound—It will still be wet and need to be slabbed and dried. Good luck.

-- Steve, 'Sconie Great White North

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