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Posted on Fallen trees good for lumber?

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#1 posted 01-27-2018 03:10 AM

Have the log milled into lumber at the earliest opportunity. Logs do not “need” to dry before being milled, indeed they tend to deteriorate due to checking and other drying defects while they remain in log form.


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This…..don’t think that you can leave a log sit around for a year and that is the same as drying boards. Even cut to firewood length, at least around here, it will lay there and rot before it dries out enough to even get it to burn. Have left firewood sit for a year or more, only to finally split it up and still have to wait for it to dry out to burn. I know full well the ends of a log will crack and check, but that doesn’t do much for the moisture content further in.
Also, I don’t know of any saw mills that leave logs sitting around to “dry”. I’m not saying some wont, not saying in some climates {the desert maybe} it cant be helpful. But again, around here not only do they cut them right away, they often request that you bring in certain logs immediately. Hickory is one off the top of my head.
I wouldn’t worry about a log that was cut down a few months ago, it will be fine. I probably take more logs to saw mills than most guys, I have about seen and tried it all.

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