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Storing Cedar Strips

March 15th, 2013 by Clarissa

Bundles of yellow and red cedar

Hang cedar to dry THOROUGHLY.  Do not attempt to store until the bundles are completely dry.  Depending on your climate, time of year and moisture in the air, drying time may take a couple of days to a couple of weeks.  If you must place in a bag, use a paper bag at first.  Always store in paper bag and not in plastic bag.  You can use a plastic bag AFTER the cedar is completely dry!

Why am I stressing using the words THOROUGHLY and AFTER?

AVOID MOLD!

IF mold has set in to your cedar, check to see the depth of the mold.  IF the mold has completely invaded the cedar through and through, then I would not use it for anything!  IF the mold has only marred the surface of the cedar, then immediately soak the cedar bundles in vinegar water!  Add approximately 1 tablespoon of vinegar to 2 gallons of water, immerse the cedar completely weighted down by a heavy bowl, and let it sit for an entire day before rinsing with warm water several times.  Then let cedar bundles air dry THOROUGHLY!!!

If you’ve allowed your cedar to get moldy once, you will NOT ALLOW the next harvest of cedar to mold again!

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