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« on: May 22, 2018, 08:57:29 AM »
I've been clearing land that has tons of Ponderosa Pine, I've got "farwood" stacked more than I need or can give away. I was wondering if I could make some fence poles? Is there a easy way to debark and pressure treat? There is a mill near by maybe I could barter some logs for posts, but was wondering if there was a homestyle method ?

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Re: pine poles
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2018, 05:04:49 PM »
Are they green?  Might be able to debark with a pressure washer.
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Re: pine poles
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2018, 03:45:32 AM »
Indeed, there are "farm" methods in old books for treating poles.  The first step is drying them in order to make room for the preservative.  I a, not sure what preservative is approved for DIY treating, if any.  Borates cannot tolerate wetting, as they will leach out.  Some of the others, like creosote, are no longer considered safe.  Others require licensed users.
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Re: pine poles
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2018, 04:11:23 AM »
That's the problem, anything that's toxic enough to preserve a pine fence post is also toxic enough to be regulated and need all sorts of permits and equipment to use. 
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Re: pine poles
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2018, 08:20:14 AM »
The trees on my place are 99% ponderosa pine.  They just don't make good posts.  Years ago we used to treat some posts with Pinta and get a few years extra use, but that's outlawed now.  
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Re: pine poles
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2018, 10:20:03 AM »
Foundation coating / fence black ?
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