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Forum topic by richardwootton posted 02-06-2013 02:38 AM 714 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-06-2013 02:38 AM

I have a good bit of white oak that I pulled out of an old barn where it had been stacked for years. I get the sneaking suspicion that it might have a dust beetle(?) or some other kind of bug problem, but I hate to throw this to the burn pile. Is there another way to ensure the bugs are gone with out kiln drying it? There aren’t any operational kilns in my area… Thanks in advance for your help!


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#1 posted 02-06-2013 09:11 PM

Any ideas? I’ve thought about covering it with diatomaceous earth, but wasn’t sure if that would effect the moisture content of the wood too drastically. I have two beautiful book matched slabs that I would really like to use, but don’t want to bring bugs into a house or near other wood where cross contamination might be an issue.

Ok so I have figured out that they are most likely powderpost beetles and can potentially be treated with borates. we’ll see how this works and I’ll hopefully be able to use this wood.

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#2 posted 02-06-2013 10:19 PM

Borates work better on wet wood than dry, as it seeps thru the existing moisture to spread itself; dry wood won’t give it such a chance, but it is better than nothing. Spraying it on will likely leave water marks, but will not affect the moisture content as you would leave it to dry a few days anyway and the water will evaporate by then. PPB’s larvae live for 2-3 years tops, then burrow out; most of the time much sooner, but a person needs to consider the worst case scenario. If you see small piles of dust around, they are in there and busy; also, look for the tell-tale small (about 1/32” max) holes that are round… oval holes were there before the log was sliced. White oak is lovely for them bugs, burn any pieces that are definately infested unless you can find a kiln. Best of luck.

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