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Author Topic: How long & best way to dry cedar log?  (Read 6000 times)

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Offline fmjohnson

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How long & best way to dry cedar log?
« on: July 12, 2009, 03:23:58 pm »
I just cut down an Eastern Red Cedar, approx. 18" in diam. that I would like to split and use as a mantel on my son's fireplace. What is the best way to dry it? How long? When should I remove the bark? Any other tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for your input.

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Re: How long & best way to dry cedar log?
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2009, 04:00:21 pm »
Leave the bark on for a while and let it set on the ground if you want the outside to have a worm eaten look after you remove the bark. You say you're going to slit it. Do you mean that literaly or are you going to saw it? I like my mantals sawn 3 sides and live edge on the front. With size log I would shoot for 14" x 6" and get some side wood out of it. You could also get 2 half rounds, actually more like 1/3 rounds. Cedar is naturally pretty dry. Should be dry enough for your purposes in about two months.
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Re: How long & best way to dry cedar log?
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2009, 09:04:38 pm »
Thanks for the reply!