Everlasting Fence Posts

I discovered many years ago that wood could

be made to last longer than iron in the ground, but thought the process

so simple and inexpensive that it was not worth while to make any stir

about it. I would as soon have poplar, basswood, or quaking ash as any

other kind of timber for fence posts. I have taken out basswood posts

after having been set seven years, which were as sound when taken out

as when they were first put in the ground. Time and weather seem to

have no effect on them. The posts can be prepared for less than two

cents apiece. This is the recipe: Take boiled Linseed Oil and stir it

in pulverized Charcoal to the consistency of paint. Put a coat of this

over the timber, and there is not a man that will live to see it rot.

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