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Forum topic by christianhgross posted 01-02-2014 03:40 PM 687 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-02-2014 03:40 PM

Topic tags/keywords: fresh cut logs pine


We bought a property that I am renovating. The other properties around us are all forest and it seems this year the neighbor has cut some mighty big pines to be used for wood block houses and plain ol lumber. I see the logs all stacked up and something struck me as very odd. It seems that about 95% of the lumber pieces are cracked as in the picture. So worse some less, but the added picture is the average. I am a newbie, but when I look at these cracks I can’t but help and think that these logs would best be served as firewood? Again I am a newbie and have no clue, but it does not seem correct. Could somebody please explain what I am seeing?

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#1 posted 01-02-2014 04:13 PM

they are fine its the moisture coming out of the ends that causes the cracks.

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#2 posted 01-02-2014 04:43 PM

It’s called “checking” and its normal. You can seal the ends of the logs to prevent it, but on inexpensive wood, it’s not worth it.

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#3 posted 01-02-2014 07:05 PM

The checking occurs at the end, and only for the first inch or two. It happens because the end is drying faster than the rest of the log. If you seal it immediately after felling the tree, it won’t check.

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#4 posted 01-03-2014 08:21 PM

ah ok I get it… Thank-you…

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