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ash for fence posts?
« on: June 19, 2016, 08:07:48 AM »
Hi all, I'll be running the first test on my mill this week (hopefully today). I have a ton of ash logs lined up to be cut. I'm thinking of using them for the flatbed of my equipment trailer (replacing the 2x8 pine boards) and cutting some into fence posts.... anyone ever use ash as fence posts? How does it do outside in the elements?

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Re: ash for fence posts?
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2016, 08:29:49 AM »
Is my understanding ash does not hold up well to the elements. Wish it did, I also have a lot of it and would like to use it for an ATV bridge.

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Re: ash for fence posts?
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2016, 08:32:05 AM »
I have never set ash in the ground. In my area "Ohio" its either black locust, osage or erc that goes in the ground, everything else is considered a short term solution. I'm only seeing 15 to 20 years of service with the locust here.

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Re: ash for fence posts?
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2016, 08:37:14 AM »
ray299:
You do not indicate where you are at in the world so this may not be appropriate for your part of the world.
Here in VT I would use ash for posts if I wanted something that would be temporary or that I plan on replacing on a yearly basis.
Ash is great for flooring or in uses where it is kept dry.  It will not survive for very long in an atmosphere where it is exposed to the elements.
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Re: ash for fence posts?
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2016, 09:11:49 AM »
Use Ash for flooring, furniture, timbers for timberframe. Ash can have some pretty grain.  Nice crotch figure.  It's one of the lighter in color naturally.  Contrasts with Walnut nicely. Standing dead Ash from Emerald Ash Borer is good wood and partially dry making it a bit more stable and dries faster, which is a plus.  You still have to stack and sticker it properly for air drying.
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« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2016, 09:29:17 AM »
ray299:
You do not indicate where you are at in the world so this may not be appropriate for your part of the world.
Here in VT I would use ash for posts if I wanted something that would be temporary or that I plan on replacing on a yearly basis.
Ash is great for flooring or in uses where it is kept dry.  It will not survive for very long in an atmosphere where it is exposed to the elements.
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I'm in CT. Thanks everyone. I'd rather cut and mill a locus to plant in the ground once than replace it yearly. :) I got access to locust, so might as well use them for posts.

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« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2016, 10:05:00 AM »
Dont wast your time with ash for ground contact.
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Re: ash for fence posts?
« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2016, 10:49:54 AM »


  Ash will work fine for trailer decking so long as it dries out after getting rained on, no leaving moldy hay on it, there are hay racks made out of ash that are over 20 years old around here.  No for post
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