John F Dean wrote:I am sitting here with my AM coffee and realize I have 60 fence posts in my yard and none are commercially treated.
Eric Hanson wrote:
Isn’t the Kool Aide phrase a reference to the Jim Jones Massacre in French Guyana?
Eric Hanson wrote: I was think shellac (literally, Shell of Lac Bug, or more accurately, ground up Lac Bugs) or Lindseed oil. I am pretty certain both of these fit the “organic or better” category.
My neighbor makes a fire and lays the lower parts of the posts in the fire and rotates them like he's charring marshmallows. My understanding is that with some woods, this is actually bringing out the natural creosote that's in the wood. Adding extra creosote is a bad thing, as it's pretty toxic, but some woods are known for their natural levels.
Eric Hanson wrote:Have you thought about Shou Shi Ban? I might have misspelled that but basically you char the end of the post going into the ground. I have not tried it but I hear it works well (and I like fire so it has that going for it!).
"Better" is relative - cradle to grave commercially treated items may be leaving a horrendous toxic legacy where that "treatment" is made and applied, even if the amount in your soil is negligible. Treated phone poles have been shown to contaminate woodpeckers who are attracted to them when they start to deteriorate.
In my experience nothing other than steel posts seems to work better than commercially treated items.
John F Dean wrote:This was at the top of my list. I am looking for some additional approach. ....a coating of some kind. Wax comes to mind (I have a couple of hives).. I am a huge believer in redundancy.