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Old 08-20-2013, 01:46 AM   #1
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How in the world do I treat this behemoth DW


I got a couple pieces of driftwood for free from my uncle because he is always fishing on the MO river and comes across some funky stuff. This baby is 18-19"x25-26"x16-18" (Depthxlengthxheight) and I wanted to boil it to get rid of tannins and other foreign objects/organisms. The last piece if driftwood I did (and the only piece other than a super easy 10imcher) I just stuck in a garbage can and drained and refilled everyday and it took literally forever, but it was just found on dry land so it never saw any water. But how wouldnt go about boiling this baby?!?! (I don't want to use bleach if I don't have to)


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Old 08-20-2013, 02:03 AM   #2
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Personally, I'd boil lots of water, pour it in and let it soak. Repeat as necessary.

Maybe someone else can think of a better plan though. I'd be interested cuz I often have size issues when prepping driftwood and end up doing the above.
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Old 08-20-2013, 02:08 AM   #3
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and before anybody comes to the answer of breaking it, you've gotta be crazy, haha. But I'm planning on possibly putting it into a 40B and filling that one big hole with sand and growing some smaller plant out of that, but it will be a VERY tight fit the way I want it.
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Old 08-20-2013, 02:23 AM   #4
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i use crab cookers on a burner outside. Nothing more than a giant stock pot on a banjo style burner.
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Old 08-20-2013, 03:37 AM   #5
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soak it in a garbage can with some hydrogen peroxide in water, cover with a lid for 24 hours and your good
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Old 08-20-2013, 04:12 AM   #6
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Metal Garbage can over a wood fire.
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Old 08-20-2013, 04:15 AM   #7
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I know people who've cut big pieces like that into smaller pieces with a saw until the pieces are small enough to boil and then they reassembled it with super glue.

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Super glue on wood will eventually break down, so it would likely need to be epoxied. Or put back together with stainless steel screws.

I'm with the others, though - get a large container and boil it outside. Or, just soak it outside for a few weeks with water changes.
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Old 08-20-2013, 02:46 PM   #9
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You can soak it in salt water for a few weeks and then let sun dry. It'll sterilize pretty well. The hydrogen peroxide idea is a good one but it won't last long enough to enter into the wood. It's a good surface sterilizer.
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Old 08-20-2013, 03:19 PM   #10
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Before you get it water wet soak it down using a spray bottle filled with 70% rubbing alcohol maintaining a wet surface for at least 1 minute then allow it to air dry overnight. This kills bacteria. Hydrogen peroxide being an oxidizer attacks the wood fibers just as bleach does so not something for a soak. Glut or an excel bath via spray bottle similar to the alcohol treatment does some good also.

I do like doing 30 minutes at a rolling boil if you can find a large enough container.
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Set up the largest cooker you can then boil the 'north' end for a while, then flip it over and boil the 'south' end. Keep on putting different parts in the water until it has all been boiled.

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Solarize it.

Soak it really well. Put it in a clear plastic bag or wrap it in a clear tarp. Set it in the sun and rotate it every few days. It will get really hot inside the plastic, and this will kill a lot of things.
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Or just put it in the tank and run some carbon for a while.
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Old 08-21-2013, 03:08 AM   #13
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Okay, thanks for the responses! I think what I am going to do is do the HP spray first, let it sit overnight to let it evap, then boil it (if I can get my hands on a big enough pot and burner, because I feel a garbage can is way too big), then do the solarizing method with a white garbage bag because that is the closest I can think of, and then do the salt treatment for 2-3 weeks, and then let it sit in water for however much longer it takes to sink. This came out of the Muddy Mo so I'm not taking any chances.

Mistergreen: how often would you change the water and salt on that salt treatment? and also what kind of salt would you use?

And also, once you get a piece of DW waterlogged and sunk, how long does it retain that quality?
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Regular table salt is fine. You can change out the water if you want to get rid of the tannins.

I'd use a black garbage bag to solarize. Black will absorb the heat a lot more.


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Old 08-21-2013, 12:34 PM   #15
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Okay, any specific amount of salt per gallon that works best? More is probably better but I don't want to be using all my family's salt, haha.
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