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Forum topic by pickles posted 04-16-2009 04:59 PM 1173 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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pickles

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04-16-2009 04:59 PM

I recently purchased 250bf of cherry that had been air drying in a garage for about tens years. Some of which has had some insect damage. Is there a way to fumigate the wood to make sure the bugs are dead? Its currently stored in a detached garage. I thought about putting a bug bomb in the garage and letting it sit for a while. Any ideas?


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turkva

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#1 posted 04-16-2009 06:46 PM

Are there little round holes left? It is probably powder post beetles. If thehole is there, the bugs are gone and have moved on. Has the damage been getting worse over the eyars, or is it the same? I was given some cherry slabs a few years ago, when I was resawing them, I found the PP Beetle holes, to date, there have been no new holes, and some of the wood is in some furniture I have made.

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#2 posted 04-16-2009 06:53 PM

yeah little holes and tunnels. I just purchased it, I have no idea how long its been that way. I just don’t want to contaminate my entire wood cache.

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#3 posted 04-16-2009 07:40 PM

There is a bunch of information on them out on the web. Just Google Powderpost Beetles. There is a pretty general one located here.

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#4 posted 04-16-2009 07:53 PM

Theres good news. Your planer will make the bugs go deaf just before it sends them to the dust vacuum in pieces.

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Dan Lyke

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#5 posted 04-16-2009 08:59 PM

One local furniture maker recently talked about putting a table top that had serious bug issues in a deep freeze for a week or so at forty below. Took it out, no new sawdust. Might try calling your local food storage facilities see what they’ll charge to store your wood for a week or two.

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#6 posted 04-16-2009 10:16 PM

According to the link posted above, that method only takes 48 hours at 0 or below.

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Dan Lyke

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#7 posted 04-16-2009 10:39 PM

turkva, cool! (Sorry, pun unintentional) I just know with my own experiences trying to heat and cool things that sometimes large stacks take longer. 250bf isn’t a huge amount, but it’ll probably occupy two pallets.

Looks like Interstate Cold Storage and Clover Leaf Cold Storage in Columbus Ohio would be two places for Pickles to start with.

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#8 posted 04-16-2009 10:59 PM

i wonder if i can get my daughter to run cherry through the MRI? kills bugs? removes metal

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#9 posted 04-16-2009 11:04 PM

cut it into pieces 4inch by 4 inch and microwave it then glue it all back together it works for me LOLAlistair

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#10 posted 04-16-2009 11:10 PM

John, probably not, ‘cause humans survive MRIs fairly well.

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