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How Long Did You Soak Your Driftwood?

How long does it take to soak the wood? Mine has been in the bucket for over a month now with it still floating

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It depends on the type of wood. Some sink immediately, some will never sink. If yours has been soaking for a month and won't sink, I'ld say its safe to bet that it will never sink. I know of a few trees out here in CA that work, but I don't know about MN.

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You could try weighing it down with bricks or rocks. That might force it to become water logged faster. You could go far as drilling a few small holes in it to get more water in.
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you could go as far as screwing a pound or so of lead on the bottom of it. whatever it takes......... it will sink with enough encouragement.
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That's why I like storebought wood, at least Malaysian driftwood. It's dark, old, hard, and sinks instantly. Moderate amount of tannins as well, at least in my experience. I also like the ancient gnarled appearance. Just my preference.

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try boiling it
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My slate mounted driftwood still floats after being submereged for 15 months!
But by keeping the slate base covered with a couple inces of gravel, it's never a problem.

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I think i learned my lesson to not buy wood on ebay for cheap

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I weigh mine down with rocks, but you can also try gluing it to a piece of slate. I got my piece of wood for free from a fairly local stream.
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