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If you are looking for a source, I would be looking at local lumbering/timbering companies ansd sawmills (for round logs), or lumberyards, home improvement box stores like Lowes and Home Depot, and some fence companies also sell the raw materials as well as install fencing. Most lawn and garden centers (the larger ones that sell trees and have topsoil and gravel and stone and such, not the little greenhouse type) also carry them as a rule. Larger town and all cities will also have a wholesaler who sells fencing and deck materials, if you are talking like a flatbed load worth.

My recommendation - regardless of what you use, take the bit of extra time or money to have the in-ground portion (to 6-12 inches above ground level) recoated with a mineral spirits or oil based copper chromate or coppernapthalate or copper azeole retreatment material, as current treatments just do not provide enough long-term protection against rot or insects - I have seen "to spec" piles of ground-contact treated timber with termite, carpenter ant, and hornet nests burrowed into the brand new timber. Comes under names like CopperCare and CopperGreen and such - generally available in a fairly bright green that rapidly fades to a pale green, and in a dark brown. Messy to work with and extends job hours, but will likely double your post life. Do whether encapsulated in concrete or not, because concrete encapsulation actually improves the conditions for fungla rot even though it does protect fairly well against insects in the in-ground portion, though they still enter at ground level if not treated.

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