I am interested in taking steps to ensure that some timber that I am drying does not develop spalting.
My specific scenario is as follows:
- Recently felled Maple (1-2 months ago),
- Whole logs with bark retained on full circumference,
- Sizes from 1" to 5" diameter,
- Currently stacked with air gaps allowing circulation around all pieces,
- Stored in dry concrete basement with steady warm temperature,
- Goal is to dry logs/branches whole with bark for craft work.
Someone looked at this setup and told me that spalting was probably unavoidable in the larger peices, but I find that doubtful. Is it unavoidable? Have I done what I can do already?
The broader question here is what steps should one take to preclude spalting when drying wood? If my specific scenario helps provide context to answer that question, good.