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Forum topic by Fiddy posted 08-13-2018 12:26 AM 1280 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-13-2018 12:26 AM

Good friend of mines grandfather had passed some time ago. Family has decided to simply get rid of some things at this point, no one is a woodworker, or wanting anything else.

Today I got a load of lumber, ton of red oak and some pine I believe. That was all sitting outside stickered and tarped. No doubt it has some insects in it. How do you handle this? I of course have ideas, spray regularly and possibly bomb them a few times covered, possibly? Any suggestions on how to ensure it’s fully taken care of?

Also had some wood indoors I was able to grab. Some old walnut boards and I believe cherry.


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#1 posted 08-13-2018 01:50 PM

What a shame. If you’re going to use it, I think its best to sterilize it in a kiln.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#2 posted 08-13-2018 02:24 PM

What a shame. If you re going to use it, I think its best to sterilize it in a kiln.

- rwe2156

agree Kiln Kill :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#3 posted 08-13-2018 09:32 PM

That’s what I was hoping not to hear, but I do appreciate the feedback. Anyone in NE Ohio have a tip on where to find someone/where?

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#4 posted 08-13-2018 10:46 PM

I think i recall reading something about borax. A solar kiln oughta do the trick too. Ya just gotta heat the wood up inside the “kiln” to a particular temp for a certain period of time i believe. Id bet some opaque plastic and a box fan would get ya there.

That bottom pic looks curly / quilted to me. And heavily so. You run that through a stump grinder like that knucklehead spammer above suggested and ill punch ya both in the junk.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#5 posted 08-13-2018 11:35 PM

I agree , looks like nice wood dont let the bugs keep you from using it. Run some thru a planer and see what it looks like.
Solar Kiln should work well.

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#6 posted 08-14-2018 12:28 AM

Not a chance I’m grinding anything, no worries there!

The bottom pic is exactly as you said, heavily quilted. I’m excited to see what’s under that! Those boards (cherry and walnut) were all inside shop and no sign of activity. The pile of mostly oak and what I think is some pine is what’s showing bug activity. Shame is it’s all solid – his brother had a mill so this was wood from it. Some of the oak boards are probably all of 15 plus inches. There’s lots of oak, lots, so I’m determined to figure something out.

Any other ideas or help in locating a local kiln would be much appreciated.

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#7 posted 08-14-2018 01:54 AM

i applied Timbor to a bunch of old beams i bought…

seems to have done the trick and i no longer find any sawdust piles and the beams have been sitting over 6 weeks since treatment…

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#8 posted 08-14-2018 03:06 AM

It depends on the type of bug as to its removal. If you see tiny piles of sawdust around a hole that you swept the day before you may have powder post beetles. BoilerUp21 is correct in their removal.

You may call your states local county cooperative extension or agriculture agent to help you with bug identification and treatment. Be mindful of inhalation / respiratory problems when working with treated lumber. Again your county extension agent should be helpful.

-- Wuddoc

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#9 posted 08-14-2018 10:23 AM

Appreciate the advice here everyone – as for type, I can say I looked over each layer of lumber and the top most layers weren’t showing much of anything. It was the lower I got the worse it got. The piles were about quarter’ish size and very fine dust.

Thanks again for the advice, very helpful.

I’m intending to make my friends Sarah and Jon a blanket chest from the oak. First baby is coming in November and this was all her grandfathers wood. So I’m determined to get her something out of this. She’s unaware, but I think she’ll love to have something.

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#10 posted 08-15-2018 04:17 PM

Thanks for the advice again. Any feedback on Timbor vs. Boracare?

Side note – wood that was in shop, cherry and walnut is in good shape. Took a couple pics and that cherry board is looking like it’ll be amazing!

Here’s the pile of wood in driveway – definitely worth saving, some nice boards in the mix.

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#11 posted 08-16-2018 12:25 AM

Powderpost beetles love the ring porous hardwoods like oak. The only way to get rid of them 100% sure is to heat the wood to an internal temp above 135 degrees for several hours.

If you use timbor, it will prevent any re-infestation. However, the eggs and larvae currently in the wood will not be affected by the surface borate treatment and can emerge as much as 3-5 years later. Don’t ask me how I know this…......

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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