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drying manzanita

looking for methods to drying manzanita. can an oven be used
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Yes, you can use an oven.
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What temp? How long
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Instrument makers dry their wood over a period of several weeks to several months to get the moisture content just right with the least amount of warpage. But I doubt you'll be turning it into a flute. I don't really know the answer but as long as it doesn't burn the house down or scorch the branches, whatever temperature should be fine.

Why do you need to dry it? Isn't it going into an aquarium, anyway?
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Instrument makers dry their wood over a period of several weeks to several months to get the moisture content just right with the least amount of warpage. But I doubt you'll be turning it into a flute. I don't really know the answer but as long as it doesn't burn the house down or scorch the branches, whatever temperature should be fine.

Why do you need to dry it? Isn't it going into an aquarium, anyway?
to be honest I have no clue why it needs to be dry that's just the info ive received never got an explanation
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to be honest I have no clue why it needs to be dry that's just the info ive received never got an explanation
It's because, if it's not dry it might harbor critters, fungus, mold and just general bad crap not to mention sap if it's fresh.


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I assumed that it was boiled already; that's why it needed to be dry for storage.
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We'll I'm pretty sure I've taken care of any bad stuff that might have existed in or on the wood with putting it In the oven today
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Did you boil it already?
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No I never boiled it, I don't see why it would be necessary if it was in the over at close to 200
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Boiling point of water is 212, so it would be a little hotter than the oven without risk of burning. Also, the agitated water will help clean out any gunk that's hiding in there. And the more it's soaked, the easier it will sink once you put it in the tank. You may still end up wanting to attach the bottom to a piece of slate or something to secure it under the gravel in the tank, depending on your exact setup.
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You boil it to remove the tannins. Tea is heated to very high temperatures to dry but that doesn't destroy the tannins. Once you steep it in water to brew, the tannins leech right out.
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You boil it to remove the tannins. Tea is heated to very high temperatures to dry but that doesn't destroy the tannins. Once you steep it in water to brew, the tannins leech right out.
That, too, although manzanita, once the bark is removed (which must be done!), doesn't have much in the way of tannins. In my experience it clears up faster than a lot of other wood.


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I believe his wood was still green from the journal thread..
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Well I guess we'll have to test all these theories because it's in the water. I'll keep posted as I go
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