I have some Doug fir that I need to cut now - 18-28" diameter, 100-125' lengths, a few hundred. But I can't get to milling it for at least a year. How long can I let it sit before sawing, and what should I do to keep it from checking, rotting, etc.? I live in southern Oregon and it gets to the 100's in the summer with low humidity and rains 20-30" in winter.
(Sawing and Drying Forum)
From contributor D:
I often cut fir that has been down for at least a year. Bit of bug damage, but that's about it. It's lighter and often the bark falls right off. I wouldn't leave it for two years, though. Be interesting to hear the Doc's input on this. I'm in southwestern BC. Just as hot in the summer, but dryer in the winter.