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10-09-2020 01:17 AM

Topic tags/keywords: fumigate fumigation

All,

A few years ago I cut a few “cookies” out of a big Laurel Oak trunk which have been drying outside since. Before I start any project with these cookies, I want to fumigate them to make sure there’s no insects or pests inside them. I don’t have the budget to take them to a kiln or a professional place for this purpose.

Can someone recommend a cost effective way to fumigate? What chemicals to use? etc.

Thanks!


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#1 posted 10-09-2020 02:24 AM

How big are those “cookies”?

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#2 posted 10-09-2020 05:49 AM


How big are those “cookies”?

- Dark_Lightning

They are about 26” dia x 3” thick

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#3 posted 10-09-2020 05:53 AM

The liquid slop on insecticides dont work. Ask me how I know. Maybe as a preventative, but not as a cure. Got a friend with a pizza oven?

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#4 posted 10-09-2020 11:02 AM

Build a small kiln.

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#5 posted 10-10-2020 12:42 AM

Here is one of the best websites for wood information. Heating the wood so that the internal temperature is maintained at 130 degrees F. for a period of time will kill insects. Here is a quote from Dr. Gene That I copied from the website I attached below.

From Professor Gene Wengert, Sawing and Drying Forum technical advisor:
I would question whether you can fumigate white oak without using special procedures that would be very expensive. The property that keeps water (wine or whiskey) in a white oak barrel will also keep the fumigation gas out. Therefore, use heat. You only need to get the wood up to 130 throughout for 30 minutes to do the trick. The 160 F quote you have is likely for softwoods for setting the pitch.

https://www.woodweb.com/cgi-bin/search/search.cgi?Realm=All&Terms=heat+to+kill+insects&submit.x=16&submit.y=8#reference.

It may be possible to make a container using foil backed foam insulation and heating it with with something safe. A cargo trailer may also work. I imagine you could buy a thermometer online to place into the interior of each cookie that you would be able to monitor on the outside of the container.

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#6 posted 10-18-2020 02:48 AM

Guys, thank you so much for the information. I will try these suggestions.

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#7 posted 10-18-2020 02:23 PM

I air dry a fair amount of wood, Borate treatment seems to work well for me.

Kiln drying to kill insects seems to me like closing the barn door after the horse it out. Insect damage could already have occurred.

You can make a small kiln using a space heater pretty easily.

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