Hope it helps,
Hello from spring-ly Minnesota!
This summer I plan on building a privacy fence around my backyard. For the
past couple of years I have been collecting logs from trees that I have had
to remove. My plan is to have these logs milled and use the lumber to build
my fence. Does anyone know which species has the highest rot resistance? I
do not want to paint the fence. If I had to I would use some kind of sealer,
the clearer the better. Why use beautiful wood and then cover it up with
The logs that I have are: Red Oak White Oak Burr Oak Green Ash
One of the fence plans that I have calls for a cap on the fence, much like a
shed roof. This would protect the fence from a lot of water.
The footings will be made of concrete. To attach the posts, I will use 4" by
1/4" flat stock sunk into the concrete. The straps will go up the posts
about 12" to 18". On my side of the fence the straps will be flame cut into
various patterns. There will be tree silhouettes, leaf outlines, seed
outlines, and maybe animals.
By using my waste wood for the fence I will be saving a forest tree for a
better use and using an urban-waste tree for a better use than more wood
Thanks for the help,
White and bur oak are grouped as resistant or very resistant for decay of
heartwood according to Agriculture Handbook 72 (wood handbook) 1974 edition.
While ashes and red oak are considered to be slightly or nonresistant.
However, as I mentioned, this applies to heartwood resistance to decay. I
have no references at home in regard to resistance of sapwood. If you want,
I can check our forest products references in the Extension office or get
the forest products extension number for you.
The very wonderful author, naturalist and tree man, Donald Culross Peattie
wrote lots of good books, but in his "Trees of North America" he mentions
the rot resistance, wood density, and btu value of most of the species he
discusses; not as convenient as the ag bulletin but a lot more poetic. This
author deserves more reading.
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