How can you treat wood to be used as fence posts?

jgs2(8)August 6, 2004

I have seven acres planted in slash pines. My plan is to clear half of it to make a horse pasture. The trees are too small to be sold as timber but they are about the correct size to use a fence post. Does anyone know a technique that can be used to preserve these posts after they are cut, debarked, and dried?

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Sorry, I have no suggestions except to add that most softwood pine posts used for fencing are pressure treated with preservative. That is something you probably cannot achieve. Considering the amount of work involved, you certainly want to make sure the wood is going to last awhile. In my area home made fenceposts are usually constructed from locust.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2004 at 9:35PM
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aka_peggy(Central Md 6b)

I use linseed oil.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2004 at 11:14PM
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I can't remember where I read it, but elderly person said painting lower section of post with mixture of crushed charcoal & linseed oil would make a fencepost that would last longer than you would. Don't know about pine tho''s really soft.


    Bookmark   August 11, 2004 at 7:22AM
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joepyeweed(5b IL)

you can buy a wood preservative...and treat wood yourself... its highly toxic ... the more toxic the treatment the more effective the preservative...if it doesnt burn your skin off, kill rats, mice and small children it wont be as effective... be careful if you do that...(i am quoting my brother the carpenter...)

    Bookmark   August 11, 2004 at 11:33AM
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Dip the end that goes in the ground in kerosene, they will last for ever

    Bookmark   August 14, 2004 at 8:38PM
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potty(7long island)

burn the end that goes in the ground with a blowtorch or over an open fire. char it pretty good

    Bookmark   February 11, 2005 at 11:20AM
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cacho(z7 w. tx)

My dad a farmer/rancher used to make all his fence posts. He kept a small barrel with diesel fuel and used oil from oil changes and whenever he cut an appropriate sized pole (often pine) he'd peel the bark off and stick them in the barrel giving them at least a few weeks to soak.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2005 at 10:40AM
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Does anyone have the name of a toxic preservative that might really do some good? Something really really toxic? I'm just going to treat bottom few feet, let soak all winter. Use for constructing pole building. Have 6x6 doug fir I cut myself.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2011 at 4:10PM
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