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Drying Pecan?
« on: January 02, 2019, 10:06:43 PM »
I've got a chance to get some large pecan logs from hurricane Michel blow down. I've already bucked and hauled 2 - 9' 24" logs.  I plan to build a house and want to use these for flooring. There are still several butt logs in the 40" diameter. Would flat sawn 4/4 be the way to go or should I qrtr saw?
  I know pecan can be rough to mill but I believe these can make some great flooring. 
Should I dry this like oak with burlap around it? Or just regular air dry ? Or fans? Plan on using oil base paint as I have no anchorseal.
Also will be spraying timbor, I live in northwest Florida, 

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Re: Drying Pecan?
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2019, 06:05:15 AM »
We just air dry outdoors and finish in kiln after 6months + . Definitely treat with timbor , hickory is like ice cream to PPB. Biggest concern I'd have is splitting of lumber as it dries because of storm damage . If the tree blew over instead of breaking there may be no damage. We use hickory for flooring , just flat sawn. Wider widths will be more problematic .Good luck.
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Re: Drying Pecan?
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2019, 07:49:02 AM »
I would quartersaw it.  Ever how you go, Like Mark (ellmoe) says, narrow boards dry better.  Wide ones are much more prone to cupping.  You need to buy some anchorseal.  Latex paint is not useless as an end sealer, just close.  Get the anchorseal and then slice about a 3" cookie odff each end to expose fresh wood.  Then double coat with anchorseal. 
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Re: Drying Pecan?
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2019, 09:08:21 AM »
Hickory moves with changes in MC more than many other species.  In your case, as flooring, there cracks between the pieces in the winter.  If installed dry in the winter, then in the summer, the swelling can buckle the floor.  So, minimize problems with quarter and rift sawing, and by drying to 6.8% to 7.0% MC.
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