Asked on Aug 04, 2019

How can I seal tree stumps for use as seats around my fire pit?

by Matthew

A few weeks ago a storm knocked over a huge branch on to my house. Had a service come out to remove it and had them leave big cut up pieces to use for seats around my fire pit. I want to seal them to keep them from getting weathered and rotting. Asking what would be best to protect them? All and any suggestions would be appreciated.

  4 answers
  • Rustoleum makes marine coating for boats. That should do it.

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Aug 04, 2019

    You can't seal them until they dry. It will peel. Takes about 1 year for wood to dry naturally. Go ahead and use the rest of summer, put in garage over winter and seal next summer.

  • Baxter Baxter on Aug 04, 2019

    I slather on a mixture of Carpenter's Wood Glue with a bit of water on old (sometimes rotted in place) barnwood that I hand-letter for outdoor signs. I set in garage to dry completely. Cover the wood slices thick and heavy, especially on the bark. The glue mix dries hard and clear and creates a watertight bond that is not oily or tacky. Good luck!

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Aug 05, 2019

    A friend used these type of seats for her wedding. They sealed with a weatherproof poly seal.