I am cutting down some pine trees on my land. These are 8-24 inches diameter. I don't have enough to get a paper wood truck in or pay to take to mill... Is there anything that can be done with these pine trees. Everyone is telling me just burn them, but it seems like such a waste....IDEAS...pictures of you uses?
Whole trunks last longer than milled pieces, provided they're kept dry and not set in the ground but rather on concrete pads. You can also treat the wood with used motor oil or a mix of engine coolant, borax and boric acid, like this.
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You can build with pine logs if you take great pains to keep them dry. People who build with cob say to give the house a 'good hat and good shoes', and that applies to woods such as pine, as well. Put it up on a high foundation so it won't get splashed from the ground, and give it wide eaves to keep the rain from hitting the walls (too much), and it should last for many years.
You may be able to peel and PROPERLY stack your logs and sell them to someone who wants to build a log cabin from scratch, if they are nice and straight.
Pine CAN also be used for firewood, although I know that people who have access to good hardwoods would argue the point. It makes good kindling even if you have hardwood, though.
And pine board floors can easily last a hundred years or more. I've seen some that were over two hundred years old, although they were in rooms that didn't get heavy traffic (the other floors with more traffic had been replaced). Pine can also make attractive, rustic paneling. A lot of antique 'country' furniture, cabinets, and so on, is made of pine and looks very nice, too.
If you don't have access to a goose-neck, or some type of means to haul the logs yourself, you might try contacting a mill close to you and explore the possibility of working some type of deal to have them sawn for you or trade for some dimension lumber.
If it were me, I wouldn't attempt to use raw pine logs to build any type of long term structure, unless, as has been already suggested, you keep them from direct contact with the ground in some way. I would also think that unless you peel them somehow, you might end up with a good bit of insect infestation under the bark.
We've thought of building gazebos w/ours. Have friends who are going to build a cord wood cabin & have cut hundreds of pines. peeled & stacked into 18" lengths for this.
Could you use them for an arbor?
How many do you have? How tall?
A pine log is like any other wood . Keep it dry and its fine. Most of the wood you buy in a lumberyard is pine. Its the "P" in SPF lumber. In a pole barn you want to use them as high as you can to get them away from water and the decay it brings.
Heh, when I was a kid I used to make all kinds of things out of pine. Made a hang glider, an air plane with cardboard covered wings and a couple of rather shacky looking buildings. The hang glider and the air plane never did fly, could be because freshly cut pine trees aren't the lightest material around. None of the buildings are standing yet either, that may be because of my lack of building skills when I was a kid.........
Reminiscing aside, pine is fine as long as it is dry. And I burn pine in my wood stove. It is always dead fall that has no bark on it and has been probably sitting out for the past 5-10 years.
Peel em, and store em out of the rain, and you can use them in your pole barn... Just keep them off the ground. I built a pole barn completely out of pine... the whole thing sets about two feet off the ground. Been there almost twenty years, w/o any termites yet.
Keep em dry and they'll last forever.
If you need 'pressure treated' uprights in your pole barn, find some good straightish post oak trees, and peel them, let em dry a bit and sink em in the ground. One of my great uncles post oak barn, down in the river bottoms, is still as strong as ever, 70 years later, and hasn't had a lick of maintenance in 50 years.
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The big cabin has had a lot more work done (see below) since then. The smaller building off to the right is made of ponderosa pine cut from dead standing trees that were still fairly "fresh." It's up to code, in a county with rather stringent code requirements. It's a few years old now and no sign of rot -- though it stays fairly dry and is oiled.
The pine has been treated with stain, and the little cabin has a VERY good block foundation.