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Forum topic by Emma Walker posted 03-27-2013 05:57 PM 1989 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Emma Walker

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03-27-2013 05:57 PM

You could dilute 1 part shellack with 2 parts thinner and spray the boards with it using a Huddson weed sprayer. When the shellack drys it leave an air tight coat snuffing out the bugs.

-- I'm a twisted 2x4 in a pile of straight lumber.

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#1 posted 03-27-2013 06:02 PM

All depends on what it was infested with in my book. Powder post beetles, bring it on. Emerald ash boring beetles, burn it. Im all for free lumber, some bugs included. What i wouldnt do is put it next to the rest of my lumber inside the shop. I would store it outside underneath a tarp.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 03-27-2013 06:04 PM

Personally, not even if they paid me. But that’s because I don’t have the room or means to treat the infestation. If I had a small kiln I wouldn’t hesitate.

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#3 posted 03-27-2013 06:16 PM

How hot would the lumber have to get in order to kill the bugs? A person could make a solar oven pretty cheap.

-- I'm a twisted 2x4 in a pile of straight lumber.

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#4 posted 03-27-2013 06:23 PM

150F is the general standard I have heard for heat treatment.

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#5 posted 03-28-2013 02:06 AM

That shellac will not “smother” the bugs! I had powder post beetles chew their way out of a nice walnut chair that had 4 HEAVY coats of sprayed on Spar Urethane!

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#6 posted 03-28-2013 02:19 AM

Depends on what the little critters are. Gotta be some way to kill them.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 03-28-2013 05:02 AM

Hell no. Emerald ash borer is not one I would take risk with.

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#8 posted 03-30-2013 11:00 PM

Depends on how much wood there is. If it were a large quantity, I would take it and call a fumigator. He can wrap the whole thing in plastic and inject cyanide gas. They do it with houses to kill termites.

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#9 posted 03-31-2013 01:47 AM

NO ! Burn it in a dirt field, with nothing around for 100 yards.

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected !

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#10 posted 03-31-2013 02:30 AM

Call your local fumigation company (i.e., termite contractor). The stuff they use will kill ANY bug, even in the wood, just like it does termites. Vikane. Look it up. Might make the free wood too expensive. OR, find someone friendly who is having their home fumigated for termites and lay your wood out on a floor. What you brought in live won’t be in a couple hours in that atmosphere.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#11 posted 03-31-2013 03:00 AM

I tried killing bugs with many different types of products that were supposed to work but they didn’t. I ended up taking the wood to a fumigator. The molecules of the fumes are small enough to penetrate the wood pours and kill the bugs.

It would have to be very rare wood for me to mess with it.

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#12 posted 03-31-2013 09:35 AM

About bugs killing I have read in a book written by a ship model collector that he got rid of an infestation in an early XVIII century ship model putting it in an airtight, low-gas permeability plastic bag, and replacing the air with argon gas; the model was kept sealed for 4 weeks, keeping oxygen level under 0.1%. Do not know how much this can cost, but probably is worth for some valuable artifact only.


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#13 posted 03-31-2013 01:37 PM

I would be a bit concerned about breathing any chemicals that were used to kill the bugs when I was milling it up; it also may be illegal in some areas to transport wood with certain bugs in them to other locations.

Now according to the article, the guy was also just talking about boards that had lots of defects; those might be a good deal if you are building small projects so you can cut around the bad areas.


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#14 posted 04-01-2013 12:46 AM

150 deg. CORE TEMP, held for 30 min.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#15 posted 04-01-2013 12:49 AM

Nope, to me it’s not worth taking the chance.

-- I love the smell of red oak in the morning..........

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