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Cutting large limbs from my pin oak tree. How to treat logs/wood to use later

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I was trimming some lower branches from my Pin Oak tree and noticed a beautiful grain in the cuts. I now have logs ranging from 9" to 4" in diameter and 3 to 6 foot in length. What do I do with these logs so I can work with them later and not have them split/crack.


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As soon as possible seal the ends of the logs so they don't dry too fast. This is what causes the end checking. There are products like anchor seal available but might be hard to find. You could just use Gulf Wax. Just melt some in a can and dip just the very end of the logs in it.
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As soon as possible seal the ends of the logs so they don't dry too fast. This is what causes the end checking. There are products like anchor seal available but might be hard to find. You could just use Gulf Wax. Just melt some in a can and dip just the very end of the logs in it.
Thank you for the quick reply. I will check my local stores, but I think I will have to go with latex paint until I can order some anchor seal from amazon or ebay. I might have some wax, but time/effort of melting and applying vs spraying with latex.

Right now I have logs stored outside in Kansas and it is winter here. Temps range from -7 to 67 degrees throughout the month. Should I be finding a place to store wood in garage or basement?

My garage is somewhat heated and stays 40-55 degrees unless there is a windy winter storm and it might drop to around 32.

Basement is finished and stays warm.
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Temperature doesn't affect the wood other than by causing fluctuations in relative humidity. Latex paint isn't a very good end sealer but better than waiting for the good stuff to get there. You will find pin oak branches are very difficult to work with. Lots of stresses. If the nice grain patterns are what you want slice the limbs into veneers as soon as possible. Put the veneers in layers of news print and stack them with lots of weight on top. Keep in cool place and check to make sure they aren't getting moldy.
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Branches are usually reaction wood, be very careful when milling it.
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