|Forum topic by Lazyman||posted 08-11-2015 11:38 PM||785 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
08-11-2015 11:38 PM
I brought home some small hickory logs from a friend’s lake house here in Texas so that I could try cutting it into boards with my “newish” bandsaw for future use. One small log was from his firewood pile and the other was the trunk of a recently cut down tree about 10” in diameter that presumable died in 2013 or 14 from the drought. I peeled off the bark before cutting it and noticed lots of beetle holes and tracks but didn’t see any live critters until I started sawing it up. The wood near the bark looks similar to ambrosia maple with some holes and spalting in the sapwood but the heartwood is mostly clear and solid. They are all under 30” long because that was the largest I felt I could handle on the band saw.
After squashing a few beetles that came out after sawing, I started wondering if they could be a risk to the trees around my home (or any other wood laying around in my shop for that matter). I don’t have a picture but they look like dark brown bark beetles that I have seen in pictures in the past and are probably a 16th of an inch long or smaller. My initial assumption was that the beetles attacked a sick and dying tree but I was wondering if anyone knows what type of beetle would attack a hickory tree that grew east of the Dallas area and whether it could be a risk for the oak trees around my house. I mostly want to know if they attach healthy trees or just dying ones.
I’d like to try to kill any of the beetles that might still be lurking inside the boards just in case but I would rather not use a pesticide (borate). One idea is to seal the logs in several large garbage bags and let them bake out on my driveway in the 100+ degree temperatures for a few days. I just measured the temperature of the concrete on the driveway and at 4 PM and it was 135 degrees F. My biggest concern about this approach is that it could cause the wood to warp and split due to losing moisture too quickly. The logs have been dead for at least a year but my cheap moisture meter says that the heart of the logs are still above 30% while they are around 20-25% near the edges. I was thinking that if I seal up the bags pretty tightly, it might keep the humidity inside high enough to help prevent excessive moisture loss over 2 or 3 days. Then I would just bring them back into my garage to air dry for a year.
I would appreciate any thoughts and insight any of you have.
Here is a picture of a couple of the boards.
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