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How to kill bugs in an infested log....???6/2/16
Hi guys, I'm hoping someone can help me with this as it's a bit out of my wheelhouse. My lumber usually comes in kiln dried and ready to work so not the sort of problem I'd deal with. However I'm now getting ready to undertake a little side project and am going to try my hand at woodcarving a small chunk of log. I'm not sure when the tree came down but the center of the log is still a bit soft while the outer layer looks like it's been drying for a bit already. it's also got plenty of termite/beetle/and whatever other insect eats wood, holes all through it. I'd like to try and kill off the bugs if possible but not sure how to effectively go about it. One thought was to seal the log into a black contractors bag and let it set in the sun for a week or two. Not sure if it would get hot enough for long enough though?
Seems from what I read chemicals are not all that practical, or effective? Any other thoughts???
If there are termite tenting companies in your area you might get a chance to put your log in with the next tenting.
What about putting it in the oven, a older oven maby outside.
Heat the log so it is 133 F throughout. This will require around 150 F air temperature. The humidity needs to be 30% roughly to avoid excessive drying and cracking.
Correction...50% RH, not 30%
OK so seems like heating is the way to go. I'm thinking about using some insulation panels and a couple high watt light bulbs to create a mini kiln. Once I get the temp of the kiln to 150 degrees, I have no idea how long to leave the log in. Any estimates as to a length of time per inch of thickness?