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05-07-2018 04:52 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bark beetles log furniture cedar question

I was drying a log of cedar over the winter to use as an end table. I just went to peel the bark, and I see that it got infested with bark beetles with the trails and holes and such. Can I still use this in the house, still?


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#1 posted 05-07-2018 05:29 PM

sure you can – heat it to kill any residual eggs, larvae or
other creatures that go bump in the night. (or chew).

-- I am a painter. That's what I do. I paint things --

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#2 posted 05-07-2018 05:36 PM



sure you can – heat it to kill any residual eggs, larvae or
other creatures that go bump in the night. (or chew).

Thats good news! How would I go about heating it?

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#3 posted 05-07-2018 06:09 PM

well – for starters – you tell the gallery how big the wood is.
then – what part of the country you are in.
then – what size will you be cutting the wood to for use.
then – tell the gallery your skill set as to how to proceed to the heat source.

Pieces like this are hard to get into your kitchen oven

so you have to provide a little more information as to what you are wanting to do.

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#4 posted 05-07-2018 07:36 PM

Great! By gallery, do you mean in the forums? It is about 16” wide by 23” tall. I will have the bark cleaned off of it. I am in Southern MN, for this project I will be leaving it as is and adding a glass top after finishing it off, and my skill set is mostly beginner.

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#5 posted 05-07-2018 07:57 PM

by location, it has been proven that you guys “Up Nawth” have bugs that have
become acclimated to the cold – and freezing doesn’t always work on killing them.
(now, if you are in Florida, any temperature under 40*f. will kill most anything LOL).
my kitchen oven is 24×18” and that is what I would do – if I were doing it.
put the wood in so it doesn’t touch any heating elements or block air flow.
heat to about 150 – 175f. and let wood cook for an hour or so.
if you are against that idea, put the wood in a large container of some kind and put a hotplate
in with the wood and seal it tight and heat it up . . . .
put it in a plastic bag and fill the bag with an inert gas like nitrogen, argon, CO2, etc.
it may also be possible that the coating you choose, polyurethane or varnish, may smother them.
or – just don’t do anything and proceed as usual.

if you don’t see any evidence of the bugs chewing past the cambium layer, it “may” be safe
to “assume” that they only ate the bark and did not burrow into the wood itself.

all kinds of tricks to kill bugs – just use your imagination and be safe about it.

-- I am a painter. That's what I do. I paint things --

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#6 posted 05-07-2018 08:22 PM

Awesome! Thank you for the help. I think I am going to try the oven method. Do I just set it on one of the racks as I would a cooking pan?

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#7 posted 05-07-2018 08:57 PM

“just use your imagination and be safe about it.”

-- I am a painter. That's what I do. I paint things --

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#8 posted 05-07-2018 08:59 PM

To add on to John’s be safe about it advice, if your oven is really your significant other’s oven I would get permission first.

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#9 posted 05-07-2018 09:32 PM

only hen-pecked weenies ask permission

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ain’t that right, honey ???

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#10 posted 05-07-2018 11:14 PM

Will it get hot enough if you wrap it in black plastic and put it in the sun? I never tried it.

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#11 posted 05-07-2018 11:20 PM

put one out in the sun with a thermometer in it and see.

in Florida, dozens of children and pets die each year in cars
with the windows rolled up and no A/C. terrible, but it happens.

so it really depends on what part of the country you are in as to the ambient heat.

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#12 posted 05-07-2018 11:25 PM

bilyo, that’s probably a possibility, but you’d need direct sun for a long time to potentially get up to 150 -175. Now, if you could make it air tight and get it up to temperature for a few time for a few days, the lack of oxygen and heat might work in your favor. I’ve never tried it, but that has its merits.

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#13 posted 05-08-2018 02:19 AM

That is a bit large for the microwave!!
I have a friend in Arizona who made a mesquite table for a lady and it had the natural edge with sapwood. After about a week of having it in her house, the lady called and said she heard something in that table when it was real quiet in the house at night. There were still round worms in there chewing into the wood! He had to strip off all the sapwood and replace it with another edging. The worms were all in the sapwood.

Jim

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#14 posted 05-08-2018 12:03 PM

The beetles are probably long gone. The oven will work, but beware may split, cup, twist, etc. Black plastic will work especially yesterday.

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#15 posted 05-08-2018 12:33 PM



only hen-pecked weenies ask permission

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ain t that right, honey ???

Ha! Yes, sir, thats right! :P

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