Beetle damage in reclaimed southern pine??

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Forum topic by Fishingtiger posted 02-22-2012 09:22 AM 1706 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-22-2012 09:22 AM

I have around 2000 board feet of 100 yr old pine that came from my grandfathers tobacco warehouse in SC. The wood has been rough cut to 1 inch thick by 5-8 inches wide. My plan was to turn this into flooring for future cabin build The wood was being stored in an old barn. I had not checked it in a few years and it looks like beetles have gotten into it. I would say the infestation is mild. Can this still be used for either flooring or interior panelling? Any way to get the beetles out?

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#1 posted 02-22-2012 10:25 AM

If you mean powder post beetles the only way to kill the bugs and their eggs in that much wood is to hire a fumigation service.

-- Barbara

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#2 posted 02-24-2012 03:08 AM

You can heat the wood in a kiln to kill the bugs and the eggs. With 2000 BF, that is what I would do. Scott Smith, a contributor here, has a kiln and hopefully he will chime in.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#3 posted 02-24-2012 03:15 AM

The kiln or fumigating will do the trick. The key is to get it done as soon as possible. I lost about the same amount about the same age to beetles because I didn’t act fast enough.

-- If the old masters had power tools, they would have used them. So get off your damn High Horse.

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#4 posted 02-24-2012 02:07 PM

what part of s.c. are u from?


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