Looking for a Kiln, or should I just use Boron?

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Forum topic by spunwood posted 09-09-2010 01:58 AM 1249 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-09-2010 01:58 AM

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I am making a cabinet for the garage from old barn wood which shows signs of boring holes and other bugs, dirt…

I plan to spray the wood with a hose and scrub off, but I do not want to invite bugs into my wood shop. I think I will spray with Boron, but

a. will that be bad for me or the wood?

b. Is that something I should consider doing if the furniture were to be in the house?

c. I would love to have the wood kiln dryed instead, but how can I get access to a kiln? Are they easy to build or find?



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#1 posted 09-09-2010 02:16 AM

I use a lot of borax , as a deterrent , but would recommend spraying with Boracare. I spray all my figured lumber with it while its on stick to keep the pests at bay. Some of it has been on stick for 10 years. I have a kiln but don’t KD my lumber till I need it.

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#2 posted 09-09-2010 03:42 AM

Kilns are not inexpensive to build (even solar ones) and are even much more difficult to use properly. Drying the wood has to be done in stages, and the temp ranges/times are different for different woods. A local lumber mill may have a kiln and would dry/cure the wood for you, but will charge by the board foot. Some have limits on the amount and require 100 to 1000 bd ft per run. If you have sprayed it, let it set for a week or so and see if you see any sawdust or other sign of active critters. If not, you should be good. Little piles of sawdust around the wood or near any insect holes are a sure sign of active infestation. Most bugs will leave the wood after the moisture content drops below 10%.


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