"Dale Miller" wrote
I think the wood would dry better if the ends weren't coated.
The water in the wood comes out of the wood from the ends.
This is the reason that even though you split firewood it still doesn't
help it dry any quicker. The water comes out of wood on the ends of the
wood just like it goes up the tree when it is living.
Coating the ends controls the rate of drying. Too fast and the wood will
crack. It does not matter with firewood.