make my own lumber
Wondering if anyone out there has ever milled up paper birch into lumber? I have a Granberg Alaska 111 chainsaw mill, and have been milling up some paper birch logs that died about 3 years ago. The lumber is beautiful, perfectly spalted, if there is such a thing. The bark of paper birch is very effeicent at keeping the moisture in, so even though the trees have been dead for 3 years, the lumber is quite wet. Anyone have an idea how long it might take to air dry this stuff, how much warping, twisting, checking, etc. I can expect?
Our humidity here in North West Montana is usually very low, and we have a SW jet stream.