We have a lot of Dutch elm that are dying in our area. I want to slab some of the large diameter trees and air dry them. The climate is dry here in MT. Will these be good for slabs or boards? How do I air dry?
(Sawing and Drying Forum)
From contributor U:
Odds are you have American elm, and it's Dutch elm disease that killed them. To answer your question, itíll air dry just fine if a few precautions are taken. First and foremost seal the ends as soon as the log is down. I mean really seal them good using heavy latex paint or anchorseal (I use a heavy latex roofing emulsion). Second, get the boards stacked out of the weather as quick as you can. Last, stack the boards in the order they came off - put the log back together upside down. Stickers every 16", and some weight or straps to restrain the stack and you should be good.