Killing termites: clarification

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Forum topic by MikeinSC posted 12-07-2013 08:42 PM 879 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-07-2013 08:42 PM

I have some live oak that has been on a forgotten corner of my property. I cut a few chunks off to see how bad the wood was. The termites are in the sapwood.

I think the heart is worth messing with. If I were to put the working pieces in the oven at low temp long enough to heat the entire piece, would that be enough to kill the bugs and fungus?

Knowing what I know about pathogens and bugs, I stayed at a Holiday Inn once, an internal temp of 250° for a few hours should kill everything. But would it destroy the wood?

Cliff notes: Is putting a piece of firewood in a low temp over for a few hours a smart way of killing termites and making a piece worthwhile?


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#1 posted 12-08-2013 03:43 PM

I think 200 degrees is the temp. that dry kilns use for bug kill. I don’t know how long but it seems like a couple of hours would do it. Kiln operators usually do this near the end of the drying process when the moisture content is already low, that way they don’t get a lot of additional cracking and warping.

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#2 posted 12-08-2013 03:52 PM

I think 150 to 180 degrees is all you need. That is from solar kiln research. You can also try a borate water solution. That works on most critters.

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