We all make mistakes, and I certainly have made my fair share. The key for me has been to learn from my mistakes and try not to repeat them.
Let's hope your wood arrives safely. When it arrives I strongly suggest boiling it for 5 minutes. If it doesn't all fit in the largest pot you can find in the kitchen; flip it around and boil a section at a time - each section for 5 minutes. Let us know how things turn out.
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