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Old 01-22-2007, 07:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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im buying drift wood from a guy who collects them off the banks and there all good and dry now but is there a way i can clean them of bacteria for good? a solution i can soak them in to kill everything? thanks
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Try boiling them if you can fit them in pots large enough, boiling usually kills everything.
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And/Or wash them with KMnO4 solution. That'll work like a charm in killing bacteria and all.
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Agreed, boiling is a simple way to kill any bacteria and remove some left over tannins.

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Another vote for boiling here. If the piece is too big to all fit into the pot at once, do portions at a time.
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I just soak mine in hot tap water. Rinse, repeat... 'till the tannins are gone.
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i have boiled it before but it left alot of the sap all over my pot and was hell to clean off. where can i get some of that KMnO4?
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I just soak mine in hot tap water. Rinse, repeat... 'till the tannins are gone.
I do this with mine too when it needs it. For really big pieces a builders bath (plastic trough for mixing cement) is a great thing to use for it too.
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i have boiled it before but it left alot of the sap all over my pot and was hell to clean off. ...
Sounds like it hasn't sufficiently weathered (dried) if you're getting sap out of it. I'd let it sit outside for another year, but that's just me.
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I wouldnt use it if its leaching sap
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