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Keeping stakes

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I have a load of stakes left this year. Ive had some supplied to me in the past that were a year old and a bit brittle. Any tips for storing over summer (i'll point them now) or should i just put them on log heap and cut more next season?

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Kindling!

Hazel presumably?

I've never managed to keep any over summer.

perhaps if you'd peel them and are able to dry them properly before decay sets in?

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Yep looking like the most likely solution. Goes great in the woodburner!

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An old trick to treat fence posts and stakes in general (probably frowned upon now) was to steep them in copper sulphate solution. A lot of apple growers had it to hand for use as a fungicide before "brand name" sprays came to the fore.  We coppice a wee bit of hazel for the wood burner and I have to agree it burns nicely so "fuel" may be the best use for the stakes.

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Changing the subject slightly. has any one used sawn softwood stakes? (I know it might be frowned on for midland/south of england). ?

I have mill and loads of softwood so could rattle out a load quickish. I was thinking 40-50mm

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