What to do with the poles.

Submitted: Wednesday, Feb 16, 2005 at 16:43
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No not the northern race. Not really 4WD or travel... but some of you characters might have an out there, out doorsy, alternative thinking answer.

My son and I are currenltly thinning out blue gum and pine plantations. It's called Non Commercial Thinning. Shockingly and sadly, beautiful straight posts and poles are currently lying on the ground to rot over the next few years.

Sure, I'll cut a lot of firewood, and use some for farm sheds and am trying to treat a few of the blue gum posts for fences.

Any good 'treating' ideas?

They are going to waste. Might even be a nice log cabin or three in them.

Another problem is time and effort. It's a very big job to cut them in the first place. The cut them into lengths, trim them and cart them is an even bigger job.

So .... thoughts?
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Reply By: Vince NSW - Wednesday, Feb 16, 2005 at 16:54

Wednesday, Feb 16, 2005 at 16:54
Where are you Royce. I know of many people on the land who would kill for decent rails and posts if they were in your area.
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Follow Up By: Member - Royce- Wednesday, Feb 16, 2005 at 17:24

Wednesday, Feb 16, 2005 at 17:24
Mid Gippsland. Near Traralgon
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Follow Up By: Rosco - Bris. - Wednesday, Feb 16, 2005 at 22:50

Wednesday, Feb 16, 2005 at 22:50
As I said ... fairly nasty stuff

http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/tfacts85.html

Worth a squiz.
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Reply By: Rosco - Bris. - Wednesday, Feb 16, 2005 at 17:39

Wednesday, Feb 16, 2005 at 17:39
Royce

As far as hand treating goes, you'd be hard pressed to beat good old creosote.

But beware it's pretty nasty stuff and should be treated with respect. Particularly the raw uncut product. The fumes alone will take the skin off your face.

It's usually cutback with kero ... I think. You probably can't get the 100% product these days.

Well ... would you believe can give you a nasty chemical burn.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Nick R - Wednesday, Feb 16, 2005 at 20:27

Wednesday, Feb 16, 2005 at 20:27
a bit hard to go past sump oil, cheap and lasts for a while, hard wood lasts for a while anyway unless something eats it.
Creosote would be brilliant, causes cancer doesn't it?

should come down to south west vic and thin some blue gums here, they have only just been planted so it should be nice and easy!!!

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Follow Up By: Rosco - Bris. - Wednesday, Feb 16, 2005 at 22:53

Wednesday, Feb 16, 2005 at 22:53
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Reply By: Member - Bradley- Wednesday, Feb 16, 2005 at 18:05

Wednesday, Feb 16, 2005 at 18:05
Yeah i like the log cabin idea, you could see if the local dse wants to use them to make info sites / shelters etc. As it doesnt impact the natural environment they should be keen.

or kids playgrounds ? horse shelters

Maybe the local work for the dole scheme could use them for projects.

You could just cut it into foot lengths and flog it off to metro area as firewood, they love the 'log look' .
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Reply By: Lone Wolf - Wednesday, Feb 16, 2005 at 20:20

Wednesday, Feb 16, 2005 at 20:20
Send 'em to the National Parks & Wildlife here in SA. They can then erect more of those confusing campsite perimeter thingy's, and continue to confuse the hell out of me..........

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