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I was wondering would boiling driftwood in your cooking pot ruin your pot, so you couldn't cook with it anymore because it would be dirty. Moms a worry wart.
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I am not sure about boiling it, but my wife let me put some in the dishwasher. Without soap of course just on the sanitizing and wash cycle. It came out awesome.
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Pot will be fine

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I also second the dishwasher method. I have done it this way a few times and my driftwood ended up sinking within the first day or two.
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Nope, you should be fine.
If she's worried about it, you could always go buy a lobster pot. They're usually less than $20.
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I was wondering would boiling driftwood in your cooking pot ruin your pot, so you couldn't cook with it anymore because it would be dirty. Moms a worry wart.
If this were your pot, I'd say no problem, just clean it well, and maybe with some bleach.

However, if it's your mom's pot, stay away from it. You will never be forgiven for using it to boil anything for your aquarium. That's just the way mom's are.
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I am not sure about boiling it, but my wife let me put some in the dishwasher. Without soap of course just on the sanitizing and wash cycle. It came out awesome.
To funny but a excellent idea

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Nope, you should be fine.
If she's worried about it, you could always go buy a lobster pot. They're usually less than $20.
Yeah but lobster is $5/lb. And you can't have a lobster pot without lobster.

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You could always put it in the sink with the plug in, and pour boiling water ontop of it and let it sit in the sink?
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IDK, I boiled some wood recently and it left a black oily residue on my pot (brew kettle). Still hasn't come all off even with Palm Olive. Needless to say I didn't use the wood after seeing the crap that came out of it and won't be making beer any time soon now.


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IDK, I boiled some wood recently and it left a black oily residue on my pot (brew kettle). Still hasn't come all off even with Palm Olive. Needless to say I didn't use the wood after seeing the crap that came out of it and won't be making beer any time soon now.
Try using some of this ? http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000V72992/ref=oh_details_o06_s01_i02?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Nope, you should be fine.
If she's worried about it, you could always go buy a lobster pot. They're usually less than $20.
I have this pot and I have used it in the past for boiling my dw and I had no problem cleaning it to its spotless original state.....currently I do place dw in a 5gallon HD bucket and pout boiling water in...
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I had recently been boiling a piece of driftwood in an anodized aluminum pot. Did quite a few boilings, and often let it sit in the pot overnight to cool.

Water was usually pretty dark when I emptied it.

The pot looks... different? Not sure how it's affected, I washed it out fairly thoroughly the other day, and The finish doesn't look the same.

I'm not terribly concerned, as it's a pot I rarely use, and when I do, I'm usually just boiling a lot of water or something. (plus, restaurants and such cook in naked aluminum all the time...).

Stainless steel should be fine, but you might want to be careful about anodized aluminum.
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