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Moltroub's picture
Pecan logs

I need advice, good advice lol. I had to have some pecans take down because the dog is allergic to them. We will be cutting the pine first to get the hang of it. One young man told me I had to wait until the pecan longs got down to 9-11% moisture before I started to cut. I know this is wrong as that is more furniture specs.  I know I will have to treat them with borate to keep out the bugs. We will have to go slow when cutting, 1" stickers every 2'. Cover the top layer. Keep the unit East to West for best air flow here. Any other advice?  We had the trees taken down late Feb of this year, my side kick painted the ends so there's no checking yet. It's taken awhile since I came home from brain surgery the day they took them down. Would appreciate any advice


Thanks All!

Bill's picture

Don't allow your dog to help you saw them !! Hope this helps wink.

oneoldcoot's picture

I dont know where you are at but here in Georgia the ants love pecan (for that matter they love every thing) So they need to be kept off the ground also. I am not a chemacal kinda guy but something down to keep them away wouldnt hurt also.

eddiemac's picture

If you wait until the logs get down to 11%, you'll be waiting a very very long time, the borers will already be in them, and they'll be hard as hell if they haven't spalted.  Cut 'em as soon as possible.  The other steps you mention are right-on.  Pecan is in the hickory family  -  a very hard wood.

Moltroub's picture

OneOldCoot - yep ants here in NC as well... the big black kind that like to bite. One of the trees already was hosting a large colony.  They've gotten in the firewood so we will have lots of campfires this year and next


eddiemac- without a kiln, it would be a very long time and there would be lots of sawdust from the ants. We will cut this weekend but I am thinking 12-16" OC for the stickers and then weight the top boards.  I don't have any white oak, so I thought of using some of the pecan for stickers


We bought the mill because a guy wanted $14,000 to cut the logs. 60-70 pine 16 - 17'.  Plus driving time and mileage.  That wouldn't have been so bad but he wanted us to supply all labor and the tractor as well as take responsibility for his mill. It was more economical to buy our own mill.  Oh and he couldn't cut 16', only 12' and wanted the logs recut in 12' and 4'.  Lucky for this old gal, there's a lot of young bucks that want to play

DavidM's picture

I am not an expert on this since I have only had my mill for a couple of months but I have cut a little over 4000 board feet of pecan since I got going.  I would not wait to saw Pecan any longer than I have to - I cut some that had been in a barn for five years and had to use 3/4 pitch blades and go slow. When Pecan dries out it's very hard.  I also had quite a bit of trouble with sap building up on my blades cutting green Pecan and read in the forums that you can put PineSol or windshield wiper fluid in with your water.  The PineSol worked ok on pine for me but not so well with Pecan.  Windshield washer fluid worked great for me with the Pecan.   My experience with sawing is that every time I open a log up it's like Christmas.