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Forum topic by rockindavan posted 05-31-2012 12:13 AM 981 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-31-2012 12:13 AM

I am making some cupcake holders for my wedding and I am using barn beams from my parents barn. Essentially they are blocks that the cupcakes sit on at each table. The beams have been outside for years and they have collected dirt, bugs, etc. I have used them before, and there is usually some bugs that fall out when cutting them up. In addition, there are some worms that find there way out several days or weeks after I get them into the shop.

My concern is those bugs finding their way out on the wedding day. I can’t really use pesticides because of the whole food thing. I considered putting each in the oven for an hour or two to bake the worms. Anyone have any suggestions?


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#1 posted 05-31-2012 12:20 AM

I wouldn’t use that wood for those at all. And GET THAT WOOD OUT OF YOUR SHOP!!! Those bugs will get into all your other wood.

-- Welcome to downtown Coolsville, Population: US! --Hogarth Hughes

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#2 posted 05-31-2012 12:22 AM

The oven Idea will kill the bugs for what its worth, but do you really want food that you are serving to other people on them?

-- Welcome to downtown Coolsville, Population: US! --Hogarth Hughes

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#3 posted 05-31-2012 12:27 AM

I keep this wood far away from everything else to prevent any bugs getting into clean wood. As far as the oven goes, I live in college housing, so who knows what has been in there before us. Also no one uses the oven and we will be moving out in a couple months.

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#4 posted 05-31-2012 12:34 AM

If the wood is in your shop at all, it is very likely they will get to your other wood. I’d get it out altogether. I wasn’t talking about your oven being the problem with the bugs, but the end product. I personally don’t like bugs near my food, dead or alive.

-- Welcome to downtown Coolsville, Population: US! --Hogarth Hughes

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#5 posted 05-31-2012 12:42 AM

Do you suppose cooked bugs and worms smell like bacon? Hmmmm.

Naaah, probably not.

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#6 posted 05-31-2012 12:46 AM

Actually they have a bit more of a nutty flavor…. and odor ;)

-- Welcome to downtown Coolsville, Population: US! --Hogarth Hughes

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#7 posted 05-31-2012 12:49 AM

They’re a delicacy in a lot of places..thats what I call fancy dining

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#8 posted 05-31-2012 02:57 PM

If you’re near major export shipping industry, you should be able to locate a service to fumigate your timbers. The process is done with a gaseous insecticide while the material is protected on and under tarping. I have done this several times for green lumber and timbers going to be used as cribbing, etc. for export shipping. The contractor will provide you with a certificate of treatment. You would want to have enough material treated to justify the spend, because here the minimum charge is $300, but that will treat up to a truckload of lumber. I don’t think the material would be food safe after this treatment.

-- Ron Wilson - maker of fine firewood!

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#9 posted 05-31-2012 03:46 PM

How big is your microwave? :) You would reaaaally want to make sure there is no metal in them before going this route.

I probably would just use them as the base, with a new board/veneer on top that would be touching the food. A little classy, and would let you fumimgate or poly/seal the old barn timbers without worrying about the food safety part.

Congrats on the upcoming wedding,

-- Chris @ Atlanta - JGM - Occam's razor tells us that when you hear hoofs, think horses not zebras.

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#10 posted 05-31-2012 03:48 PM

If you know anyone or have the time to look for a house (or dorm building) that is being fumigated, you can usually ask to leave your bug-ridden wood in the house for a couple of days. It’s a great, free way of getting rid of bugs and a quick wash of the wood afterwards should make it food safe.

I hesitate to bake the wood if you’re using it for a surface on which to serve food, but that may be my personal aversion to cooked bugs.

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#11 posted 06-01-2012 11:52 AM

use Good old Borax- you used to be able to get in in the grocery/hardware. Mix it in a bucket of warm water- then saturate the wood and let the wood dry.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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