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    Smile How to preserve wood from a dead tree?

    Hi folks, some advice please. W e had a Maple tree on our boulevard (City Tree) for some 20 plus years. Well, it died, and today the city came by and cut it down. Most of it is still there, and I have salvaged 5 Good sized limbs (6 - 8" diameter)tonight. Maybe more tomorrow. My question, since it had died, What should I do with these logs to preserve them? Lots of Crotch pieces, nice clean wood, minimal pith, don't want to lose it.
    An aside, 16" diameter trunck, close to 8' high, disappeared quicker than a sailers pay cheque on shore leave. I wanted that puppy.
    TIA for any advice/help.
    Thanks
    George
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    Default Re: How to preserve wood from a dead tree?

    George,

    For preserving green wood, Anchorseal is the best.
    Mark Placek
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    Default Re: How to preserve wood from a dead tree?

    Hi George, if you are not going to use it now, leave it as long as you can handle.

    You should seal the ends, and set the the limbs straight up if you can.

    Anchor seal would be best, but wrapping a plastic bag on the ends will help at least for a while.

    As the wood will start to split from the end, so if you make it into short pieces, you will have many ends splitting.

    Keeping it long will make for less of a loss, laying it flat will have the sap settle to one side, setting it straight up it will not.

    Set them in a cool place and out of the draft, that will help you keep them the longest, without degrade.

    Oh and I know about that one , disappeared quicker than a sailers pay cheque on shore leave. the cheque that is

    Also when you want to use the wood, first make sure you cut any splits off, then cut to the length you need and reseal the cut end

    Have fun and take care
    Leo Van Der Loo

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    Leo,, thanks. My confusion comes from the fact the Tree Died, Dead for nearly a year, therefore I would guess, that Sap would not be an issue, Or am I mssing something. Will go out tommorrow and get some sealant, just to be sure. Nice wood, don't want to lose it!
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    Default Re: How to preserve wood from a dead tree?

    I know what you mean. I picked up some maple and beech a while ago. Part of the maple tree was dead. The logs that were cut green were all checked by the time I got to them but the dead logs were completely solid even after having been cut to 12" lengths and sitting in the open for several days.
    I cut them in half and sealed the ends just to be safe.
    J.P. Rap Mount Hope Ont.
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    Default Re: How to preserve wood from a dead tree?

    Here's another version
    Norway Maples. Dead for at least 2 years, lots of carpenter ants. Tree service cut everything into 16" lengths. I Anchorsealed all the log ends they had no bark on. Every one split right down the middle within 6 months, even crotch pieces.
    I think JP saw them in my cellar when he was visiting.

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    Default Re: How to preserve wood from a dead tree?

    George, if that was wood sawn into 1" boards and sat a year, it might be dry, as the wood will dry 1" a year, (that's generally accepted) meaning it dried 1/2" on both sides of the board.
    A tree especially with the bark on it wouldn't dry half an inch, if your wood was sawn to 6" thick and without bark, it would take 6 years going with the general rule, and I say it takes longer for thick wood.
    So yes treat it as green wood, that is your best bet for keeping it usable.

    Have fun and take care
    Leo Van Der Loo

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    Default Re: How to preserve wood from a dead tree?

    George
    When a tree dies it means the sap has stopped flowing it doesn't mean it is not there any more.Think of it like an animal when it dies the blood stops flowing it doesn't mean there is no blood. Sap is the trees blood.
    Hope I didn't gross anyone out.
    Bob just past Ayr www.thelavenderfarm.ca

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