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Speeding up driftwood

Hi there,

just been scrubbing like mad a piece of driftwood i found whilst working past a stream. I was wondering i had to leave it to soak for ages, or if there is a non-toxic varnish and paint to seal the wood.

any other tips are welcomed, thanks

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why do you want to seal the wood? If it's going to sink it has to absorb water and will never do that it it's sealed. If you're worried about parasites or other microorganisms then you can simply boil the wood.

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it already sinks... and i was worried about it leaching the water.
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If you're worried about leaching tannins into the water just boil it, or soak it. The tannins won't hurt the plants or fish but it does look kind of funny.

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hmm ok thanks for the advice. Im guessing that while soaking takes about 3 days boiling takes a day or so?
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Soaking length will depend on the wood. I bought some from an lfs, and have been soaking it for over a month now. The one piece is too big to boil (though I might be able to do it in phases) and I've been too distracted with other things, so the wait hasn't been unbearable. But, it is starting to get a bit lengthy...

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the actual branches of this mangrove styled piece of wood are only around 2 inches so it shouldnt take long.
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If its small enough, IME a pressure cooker will pull a lot of tannins out quickly.

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The pieces that I got from a LFS on Thursday have been soaking since then. I've been doing "water changes" on the bucket they are soaking in and it's starting to look much less amber now (the water that is).

First soaking was half hot water, half boiling water and then hot water every change since then. Probably going to call it good enough tomorrow and add them and fill the tank. So, we'll see how it goes.


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use w/c water, I found that when I did I got a lot of tannins out right away even if it was sitting in a bucket of normal (well) water and it was clear.
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I've been soaking a trunk that, dry wieghed about ten pounds, I've been soaking it a big 60 litre tub, and changing the water when the tannins get really bad, and filling it up with hot water. it's been in there over a month and it's got a long way to go, but for smaller stuff, a good afternoons boiling does the trick.


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If you are doing your water changes tannins aren't an issue. Besides, some very light activated carbon treatment should take care of it when it gets bad.

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Don't tannins surpress some types of algae? Might be something you'd want to keep around.
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I have a question; I found a piece of driftwood that I canít possibly boil. It's about 1" to big to fit in my Turkey Fryer. If I soak it in Boiling Water, how long is good enough for the parasites / bacteria? The Tannins is not my big concern.

The piece is about 10-15 lbs. and 24" Long, 12" Tall (at the tallest piece), and 10" wide. It's an 8" +/- dia. tree broken off with a good chunk of the root system intact.

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Soaking length will depend on the wood. I bought some from an lfs, and have been soaking it for over a month now. The one piece is too big to boil (though I might be able to do it in phases) and I've been too distracted with other things, so the wait hasn't been unbearable. But, it is starting to get a bit lengthy...
Not sure I can wait that long BBS. I will if I have too, but.................
Thanks for the help...................


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If you get stuck and it won't fit in your turkey fryer, find somethng bigger,

I use my laundry trough if its' not too big, and just keep the hot water up to it, for a week or two.

you should be fine. Once it sinks I lose patience anyway.


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