Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Prior Lake, MN (Twin Cities)
You have a couple of options, as far as disinfecting your driftwood.
SOAK it for a long time, this helps with the sinking and getting rid of tannins, that will color your water brown like tea. I like to use W/C water but straight out of the tap works well.
to disenfect it your 2 most common options are soaking it in a 20:1 water / bleach mix for a day or more OR boil the peice.
draw backs are the bleach could stick around for a while but if you soak it several other times that is not a big deal IMO some people use an overkill ammount of dechlor after the bleach bath but I feel that it isnt necessary if you soak it a few more times afterwords.
Boiling helps to get the wood to sink and a good 10 minutes at boiling temps should do the trick for the beastys but I would over kill and go for at least a half hour. . . drawbacks you can ruin the pot because of the tannins and you supposidly shorten the life of the peice.
with either method you will want to scrub the wood inbetween soakings, this helps to get rid of the soft nasty stuff, use a brush wiht either brass or stiff nylon bristles.
hope this helps