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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 5:31 am    Post subject: OT::: Firewood problem Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I usually split and store firewood two years before it is used. By that time some of the firewood is riddled with holes created by some insect---holes about 1/16th" in size. And it's mostly in wood that has bark on it. So the result is that the firewood is full of sawdust/feces---hardly fit to have in the house without knocking it off. Question---What's going on?, and how do I remedy it??
 
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 5:36 am    Post subject: Re: OT::: Firewood problem Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Sounds like you my have powderpost beetles in the wood, or something like them. I do not think it is necessary to dry firewood for two years, we always cut ours 6-9 months ahead of when it is burned and stack it under a roof and it seems to be pretty good and dry by the time we burn it.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 5:40 am    Post subject: Re: OT::: Firewood problem Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Spray the pile well a couple of times with a good insecticide or use boric acid as a spray a couple of times.
Or put a large tarp over it and use some of the better bug bombs.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 5:40 am    Post subject: Re: OT::: Firewood problem Reply to specific post Reply with quote

i agree with Zach we also use a green one or two depending on size for over night when we go to bed
 
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 6:15 am    Post subject: Re: OT::: Firewood problem Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I hope you clean your chimney often.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 6:27 am    Post subject: Re: OT::: Firewood problem Reply to specific post Reply with quote

every year
 
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 6:29 am    Post subject: Re: OT::: Firewood problem Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The instruction for my insert says to let it dry for at least a year, something about messing up the catalyst. Iíll have admit, burns faster and donít seem to put out as much heat.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 6:39 am    Post subject: Re: OT::: Firewood problem Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Zach,
I made an oak china cabnet. Powerpost beatles showed up in the very top of the cabnet. I had one major battle getting rid of them. I turned the top part of the cabnet upside down on plastic and soaked it with Timbor.

If a person were to get powerpost beatles in the walls of their house, I think it may be next to impossible to get rid of them.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 8:38 am    Post subject: Re: OT::: Firewood problem Reply to specific post Reply with quote

They require a certain % moisture in the wood. Once it's dry they go elsewhere so a house is usually safe unless it's made of heavy timbers.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 10:46 am    Post subject: Re: OT::: Firewood problem Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The wood I used that had power post beatles was inside for 20+ years and dry. I wouldn't want to find out what it would take if they got in the walls of my house.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 11:05 am    Post subject: Re: OT::: Firewood problem Reply to specific post Reply with quote

my how the times have changed. now we worry about bug poop in firewood. this is hillarious.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 2:38 pm    Post subject: Re: OT::: Firewood problem Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I am in the firewood business. Also heat my house with wood, I never season wood over a year. Most I sell at 8-10 months old, split and covered. This is red and white oak.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 3:09 pm    Post subject: Re: OT::: Firewood problem Reply to specific post Reply with quote

randy hall wrote:
(quoted from post at 12:05:27 11/17/12) my how the times have changed. now we worry about bug poop in firewood. this is hillarious.


Sounds funny but it ain't when you breeth that dust while cutting the wood.....

spent about 2 hours with the buzz saw cutting up the old beams and rafters from our roof and feel like hell now..... It'll be better by morning maybe, but it sure wears you out...
 


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 4:03 pm    Post subject: Re: OT::: Firewood problem Reply to specific post Reply with quote

As someone already said, it's probably powderpost beetle. I get them mostly in red (soft) maple and sometimes in ash. I just knock the sticks together before I bring then into the house which elimates some of the fine sawdust.
A few years ago someone gave my wife a nice homemade white birch Christmas candle holder which she sat on her beautiful pine hutch.
After the holidays, when she picked up the candle holder there were tiny powderpost beetle holes in the pine.
She wasn't happy!!
 
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 4:22 pm    Post subject: Re: OT::: Firewood problem Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Bess Beetles are the only one I see in aged wood here in nc. Oh and the fire ants in the summer Sad
 
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