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Forum topic by Karda posted 03-10-2018 07:11 AM 1329 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Karda

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03-10-2018 07:11 AM

I got a few hard wood logs I think are maple. However it was an old tree and there are signs of deteriation in the wood. and some discoloration in the end grain do you think it would be suitable for food, I want to make some honey dippers


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#1 posted 03-10-2018 01:51 PM

Only if you ingest in small quantities. You must let the digestive system break down the wood fibers, or you can get yourself into a lot of trouble where you’re gonna need over the counter remedies….......... Jerry (in Tucson)

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#2 posted 03-10-2018 05:31 PM

Mix with wheat germ – tastes a whole better. ;o))

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected ! RIP 09/08/2018

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#3 posted 03-10-2018 05:47 PM

Nothing like a bowl of wood pellets and milk to get your day started.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#4 posted 03-10-2018 06:21 PM

hey I asked a serious question

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#5 posted 03-10-2018 06:25 PM

Karda, what makes you think you’re not getting serious answers?

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#6 posted 03-10-2018 06:30 PM

all I weant to know is if older wood is suitable foor food. I will not be using it in a recipe with wheat germ or serving splinters as suggested. And neither do i intend to serve wood pellets. the wood is dying not punk

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#7 posted 03-10-2018 06:38 PM

I think you may be wondering about the mold or fungus that is probably growing in the wood. I would not breath the sawdust from it but once it has a finish on it is is safe. Unfinished wood ????
Chances are if it is Maple and has been dead for a while the wood tissue is pretty well broken down and will be to soft to work with….I run into this all the time with “spalted” maple.
I think breakfast cereal makers add it to their products…LOL

-- Les B, Oregon

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Karda

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#8 posted 03-10-2018 06:45 PM

Thanks les the tree was not dead but dying I have cut up a couple pieces and the wood is solid but the grain looks funny like the tree is diseased or staring to die. I was just being cautious. I think its maple but the wood is a little creamy not the bright white of maple. I m not good with bark but I have some bark and grain picture I will post maybe some body has a better idea what it might be thanks. I have heard of duck feather in donuts but never wood in cereal

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#9 posted 03-10-2018 06:54 PM

Spalted wood is fine as long as it’s sound. Finished with something like poly would be even better. You aren’t going to eat it (although cellulose, aka wood fiber, is used in many food products).

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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Craftsman on the lake

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#10 posted 03-10-2018 07:16 PM

Catsup…. always the answer.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#11 posted 03-10-2018 07:36 PM

Karda – honey has been used as antibacterial medicine since
the first elbow was scraped while building the pyramids.
it has natural germ fighting properties in itself.
so – like others said: after you turn your wood items, coat with
something that seals the wood, like a cutting board finish.
soaking it in honey can only improve on the germ squashing abilities.

in hindsight, you should have named your topic: “is spalted wood ok to use in food serving utensils”.
(send Cricket a note and she will change it for you).

for honeydrippers – I would do it.
for salad bowl utensils – I don’t think so. it has been proven that some leafy vegetables
such as spinach and lettuce have carried e-coli bacteria which (IMO) could infect an already
vulnerable wood item that has already been compromised with bacteria.

common sense and sound judgement will always prevail.

-- I started out with nothing in life ~ and still have most of it left.

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Karda

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#12 posted 03-10-2018 09:39 PM

thanks, I realize now my title was mis leading. How do i contact cricket

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#13 posted 03-10-2018 09:40 PM

Send her a pm. Is there anything I can help you with?

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Karda

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#14 posted 03-10-2018 09:44 PM

i mis titled the discussion, it appears as if i am asking about eating wood. I wanted to know if spalted wood is safe to use for food items.

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John Smith

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#15 posted 03-10-2018 09:46 PM

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/253337
click on her picture
then click “send a message”
then explain what you would like to do and she will take care of it.
be sure to include your post: http://lumberjocks.com/topics/265977#reply-4529081

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