I tried this some years ago with logs and it worked to prevent end checking. Now, I use it with short log pieces to keep green wood wet and stop checking. I place wet cotton rags or paper towels on the ends and wrap with plastic wrap. Then I use poly stretch wrap to snug it all up. Works very nicely. You can re-wet the towels and reapply the wrap and it's cheap and easy and will prevent end checking for quite a while. It's a heck of a lot cheaper than Anchorseal and way more effective than paints.