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Forum topic by Ocelot posted 08-08-2017 01:17 AM 664 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-08-2017 01:17 AM

I’m sure I’ve read on LJ before but I can’t find it.
What temperature should I use to dry wood in the oven.? Mainly I want to be sure the bugs are killed.

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#1 posted 08-08-2017 01:31 AM

“It has been demonstrated (Houseman 2007) that all developmental stages of wood boring beetles are killed if a temperature of at least 120°F is maintained for over 30 minutes.”


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#2 posted 08-08-2017 02:11 AM

All life ceases when internal cell temperature reaches 140°F, with only very few exceptions, like microbes that live in hot springs.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#3 posted 08-08-2017 02:21 AM

160 for about 1min, arguable 30s gets most non-thermophyllic microbes. 140 is the top end of the prime growth range (40-140) for microbes. So I would go hotter. Bugs (complex organisms) are probably done well below that because the proteins that drive their cells will denature and stop working. Loren’s reference is probably a good go by.


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#4 posted 08-08-2017 02:42 AM


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#5 posted 08-08-2017 02:44 AM

Low and slow heat for the most tender meat. Are you using a dry rub?

-- Murphy's Carpentry Corollary #3: Half of all boards cut to a specific length will be too short.

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#6 posted 08-08-2017 02:51 AM

Don’t most people dry wood in the microwave? If that’s the case, death should be instant and painless, I should think.

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#7 posted 08-08-2017 02:54 AM

Probably don’t have to say it, but that should be the internal temp. Wood is a very good insulator so depending on the thickness?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#8 posted 08-08-2017 03:32 AM

Yes. I don’t want to drill hole for thermometer, so maybe I’ll leave it overnight. The pieces are about 1.5 inch square and 11 inches long.

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#9 posted 08-08-2017 03:37 AM

Is 150 too much?

- Ocelot

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#10 posted 08-08-2017 11:09 AM

If I put wood in my wife’s oven, the bugs would not be the only thing hurting.

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#11 posted 08-08-2017 11:33 AM

I have an excellent wife!
Of course, I could claim that it’s my oven, because I had it before we married… But then again I did stand in church and, among other things, declared “with all my earthly possessions,I thee endow.” anyway… She said it’s ok… Even if it has bugs in it.

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