Delay in Milling Southern Pine
I have access to a bunch of SYP being cut in the next week (30-40 logs). I would like to just mill each log into a cant and sticker them. Then in the next few months do the rest of the final milling. Will the cants be ok while they start air drying until I can get to them? Will they blue stain? I'm just a one man show, and I can't get to fully mill each log in a timely fashion. The person cutting down the trees is doing it now so I have no choice as to when I get them. Plus they are free so I can't be anything less than grateful.
From contributor K:
A couple of other suggestions: Would be to set up a sprinkler system over your log stack to keep them from drying too much over time? A few years back, while I cut some pine, I was caught by a heavy rain which lasted a couple of days. I was just stacking the lumber dead on a trailer, to move it over to where I would sticker. I was really surprised how fast the mold colonized that stack before I got it stickered. I ended up getting it all pressure treated, My friend that managed that plant said that it wouldn't have any effect on the final product, since it was all early stage. I ended up using some of it for my own floating boat dock, and can say that after a short period of time, it all looks fine, or no difference than fresh lumber would look.
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