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Question for the loggers

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by osagebow, Jun 21, 2013.

  1. osagebow

    osagebow Minister of Fire

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    Saw this load of logs out of Pennsy in Virginia today. Son asked "What's with the stickers and metal S things?" I couldn't figure out why they would sink pieces of metal in the ends. What's the deal?

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  2. pen

    pen There are some who call me...mod. Staff Member

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    I'd say the "S things" would be to prevent splitting from drying?
  3. pyroholic

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    I would guess the same, but not really sure either. Seen it before though somewhere, sometime.
  4. aussiedog3

    aussiedog3 Feeling the Heat

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    Looks like some sweet hardwoods, maybe headed to be shaved in to veneer.
    I have seen similar "s" things in the ends of railroad ties, yes probably to prevent splitting.
  5. pyroholic

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    Yep, rail road ties, that is the somewhere that I've seen them before.
  6. nrford

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    The "S" shaped thingies are called logsavers. They are plastic, not steel. They are in fact used to prevent severe end-checking. The square plastic tags are used to track the log in transit, storage, processing, etc... Usually in addition to logsavers the ends are waxed. Veneer logs are very valuable, I have seen Walnut veneer logs sell for in excess of $20,000 for a 10' butt log.
    Backwoods Savage and smokinj like this.
  7. Locust Post

    Locust Post Minister of Fire

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    Thanks NR...I thought of you when I read through this post......knew if you saw it we'd have an answer.

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