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Re: Elm
« Reply #20 on: January 22, 2019, 01:17:08 PM »
Same here about the little Elms.  They are prolific, yet so rarely get to a good size, that I have been cutting all the small American Elms out in the summer as goat fodder.  

I leave the Red Elms though.  I check a bit of the bark for layering before I cut.

Hackberry trees seem to do fine though...
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« Reply #21 on: January 23, 2019, 06:27:37 AM »
Just a quick note about the powderpost beetle in air drying.  This is also called the ambrosia beetle and what they like best is to bore out of the lumber and go to the ground and mothers lay eggs in any wood debris on the ground.  So pick up all the debris to help control them.


Yes indeed! I put my air-dry stacks on 2B stone since critters don't seem to like stone bases like they do dirt. I regularly clean-up all the little pieces on the ground, move the entire inventory and get the leaf blower to it. Want to make the ground environment as hostile as the surface of the moon for those pests. :D

Also, started putting railroad ties down as bases too. (on top of the stone). Whatever they coat them with, seems to be akin to nuclear waste. 
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Re: Elm
« Reply #22 on: January 23, 2019, 03:42:15 PM »
  1. Treated ties are excellent.  Most ties are replaced due to mechanical damage, so most used ties have lots of preservative.
  2.  Untreated ties, 6x6s, 4x4s, etc, used in air drying should always go into the kiln, which sterilizes them.  Reusing without sterilizing is dangerous indeed.
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