Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Baxter, Tennessee
The best bet is wax. I've tried latex paint, roof tar, and I now use Anchorseal. None of them really work to save the log. They all prolong the time before it splits but if you really want to save it turn it as soon as you can.
I'm currently setting up a system to try and prolong the log even longer. I just purchased an electric frying pan and will melt wax in it. Then I can dip the logs ends in the wax. I'm going to try cutting some into bowl blanks and completely covering them to see how this does.
I have a problem in that I get all my wood in batches all at once. Sort of when it rains it pours syndrome. I end up throwing a lot of it away after 6 months.
What I've found that works for me it to coat all the logs with anchorseal as soon as possible. When I have time I split the larger ones at the heart. Store them out of the sun and off the ground if possible. Later when I have time and I see them starting to split anyway I cut them up into strips like 3x3 4x4 or even bigger if I can get away with it. I store these in the shop if they don't already have bugs. I still get some loss due to end checks and that's where the wax comes in. I plan to coat the ends on the longer pieces and on shorter pieces that will fit the frying pan coat the whole piece.
If you have time rough out the bowls and coat the end grains minimum. If it's an important piece of wood coat the whole thing and on woods like Apricot, apple etc I put in a paper sack.
I still end up storing an awful lot of wood outside because I simply don't have the space. consequently I still lose a lot but a lot less than before. Getting it off the ground,out of the sun and sealing the ends has done the most good.