Grade A Siberian Larch decking - resin everywhere?

15 Dec 2008
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United Kingdom
Hi all!

I'm planning a mini project that uses decking boards (although I'm not laying a deck with them). I ordered some Siberian Larch boards, Grade A. The supplier has been a bit of a disaster - wrong lengths, widths, damaged boards first time round. Then sent another batch.

I was just hoping someone with more experience than me could tell me whether I'm totally unreasonable, but the boards look shocking to me. I've laid decks before (albeit with Balau and Cedar, not Larch), and have never had an issue. So would like a 2nd or 3rd opinion about whether I'm justified or being annoyingly picky!

These photos are all from a single, 3m length board. Lots of knots, sizeable split around an edge and it's full of patches of resin (still sticky) which leads me to think the boards haven't been dried properly. I understand larch is resinous, and springtime is peak time for "resin oozing", but this seems excessive.

Would be really helpful to get some opinions, thanks!


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