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Forum topic by CovenantCreations posted 06-26-2010 06:53 AM 930 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-26-2010 06:53 AM

I bought a big stack of wood earlier this year. 1200 board feet of Red oak, mostly rough sawn some planed. I got the whole stack for $100. Only problem is, it has powderpost beetles in some of the wood. Now there is some nice planks in the stack that I would like to use for some projects, but don’t want beetles infesting other wood things in the shop. How big of a problem is this, and what would you do?

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#1 posted 06-26-2010 07:22 AM

If you get it kiln dried that will take care of the problem. If not try to separate out the material with the infestation and store it else were or get rid of it.

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#2 posted 06-27-2010 01:10 AM

In Colorado we cut pinion for firewood that had been kiiled by beetles. We would stack it in a sunny spot and cover it with a heavy black plastic and leave it for a month or so. It killed the bugs.

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#3 posted 06-27-2010 04:53 AM

Interesting about the plastic, I think I will give that a try. Looks like Ive got a lot more sorting to do.

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#4 posted 06-27-2010 05:03 AM

The black plastic absorbs energy and the higher teperature kills the little buggers. If you hurry, you can get it done after the ice melts and and before it refreezes next week. Enjoy the ice fishing up there.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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