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Drying Eastern Red Cedar posts

Hello I have 3-10" Eastern Red Cedar logs just cut how long do I need to let them dry before using as posts for rough privacy fence and corner posts for a deck? Thanks for any help in this matter

Bill's picture

As far as corner posts for the deck goes I see no reason why you'd have to wait for them to dry the shrinkage length ways is negligible. For corner posts I'm not sure what the advantage of letting them dry would be maybe some one else here will have a reason.


Post Oakie
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The posts can go right into the ground.  They'll be easier to nail to before the wood dries out.  Sapwood rots in a few years, but the heartwood will be good for 50 years or more, so it is a good idea to mill off the sapwood before using it.  Good luck!

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