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    Yesterday I had to cut down a couple of birch trees that were damaged in the hurricane we had this past summer, and while I was at it, I sliced of a few 6" disks, mainly for wood burning. They're fresh green wood.
    How do I keep them from splitting or warping??
    They're about 1/4" to 1/2" thick....

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    Jim, Soak them for several hours in denatured alcohol or methanol. Let them drip dry and wrap them in brown paper or newsprint for a couple weeks.
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    • #3
      Let us know how that works for you Jim.
      I always thought that if you leave the pith in the center it will always crack.
      When I prep wood for turning I seal both ends with a wax solution it slows the drying time down and hopefuly eliminates or slows the cracking. But I don't normaly do the entire log cross section.
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      • #4
        I had some cedar slabs that I tried to prevent from cracking using both methods above. It didn't work. I then tried to microwave them and that didn't work. So I did get some good smelling firewood.
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        • #5
          The biggest tip I can offer is don't let them dry to quickly. Quick drying tends to cause splits. Turn them often also to allow for even drying.

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