I stack and store under tarps with the end anchorsealed. I have gotten free wood like you are talking about that has checked on the ends but if long enough you can cut 3 or so inches of the ends and generally end up with some decent wood. If not when I have to cut off to much and it is to short for bowls, HF, etc I cut them up into chunks for ornaments, mini birdhouses, bottle stopper blanks or pen blanks.
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