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Air drying old cherry
« on: April 30, 2005, 08:40:31 PM »
What is everyone's suggestion for air drying cherry? The logs have been on the forest floor in a high area about 10 years and now that I have a mill I am cutting to recover before it is all rotted. There is anywhere from an inch to 2.5 " rot on the outside but the rest looks remarkably good. I want to air dry it before trying to sell it. Do I put it in the sun or shade? Do the stickers need to be cherry to minimize staining or can I use hemlock? How high off the ground for the bottom of the stack is recommended? I will be making a stack about 30" wide and putting a piece of steel roofing of 37" over it.
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Re: Air drying old cherry
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2005, 08:57:59 PM »
If the logs been down that long it will be pretty dry now anyway, just need to be stacked up for a while to complete the air drying.
How high of the ground? - 12" should be OK, you just need to let air circulate under the stack, and be up out of the grass / or dirt splattered by the rain.
Shade - I'd go for the shade with the hardwood.
Stickers - Anything as long as it's dry. Dry hemlock will be better than wet cherry.

Sounds like you have things under control  ;)

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Re: Air drying old cherry
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2005, 09:23:21 PM »
Thanks Ian, that's about what I thought but knew there were much more experienced members out there.
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