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How to boil moldy wood...

Post by wodesorel » Sun Jun 21, 2020 5:26 pm

Get grandma's stock pot. Say a little prayer of appology to her, and then swear your husband to secrecy to never ever tell your mother what you're doing with the inhereted cookware.

Add 2 gallons of water

Add 2 pounds of kosher salt

Boil for 15 minutes

And then boil for 15 minutes

And then boil for 15 minutes

And then scrub down the kitchen for an hour to get rid of all the salt spray.

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Seriously though, this method has been 100% effective at curing mold on wood items in my crab tanks. I stick it in the sun to fully dry before putting it back in, and with the big pot I've been able to fully soak anything I need to, though sometimes in stages!ImageImageImage

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Post by JoeHermits » Mon Jun 22, 2020 10:25 am

My ancestors watching me leave everything to my pets.

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Post by CrabbyLover77 » Mon Jun 22, 2020 12:11 pm

JoeHermits wrote:My ancestors watching me leave everything to my pets.

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Post by Links » Sat Jul 11, 2020 4:27 pm

I just quickly bought some Morton kosher salt but it says it has yellow prussiate of soda as an anti caking agent. I thought kosher wouldn’t have anything added. Is it ok to use for boiling wood? I also have some sea salt but I thought it might have other stuff in it hence the reason I bought kosher.


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Post by VickieG » Fri Jul 24, 2020 2:58 am

Does that also work to kill insects/eggs? I'd rather boil than bake and my freezer is full...

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Post by wodesorel » Fri Jul 24, 2020 3:10 am

VickieG wrote:
Fri Jul 24, 2020 2:58 am
Does that also work to kill insects/eggs? I'd rather boil than bake and my freezer is full...

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Post by CombatMist » Thu Sep 03, 2020 9:57 am

Very nice.

What is that wood your boiling? I rather like the random twists and turns
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Post by wodesorel » Thu Sep 03, 2020 4:32 pm

CombatMist wrote:
Thu Sep 03, 2020 9:57 am
Very nice.

What is that wood your boiling? I rather like the random twists and turns
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Post by avocadocrabbies » Sat Sep 19, 2020 8:52 pm

wodesorel wrote:Get grandma's stock pot. Say a little prayer of appology to her, and then swear your husband to secrecy to never ever tell your mother what you're doing with the inhereted cookware.

Add 2 gallons of water

Add 2 pounds of kosher salt

Boil for 15 minutes

And then boil for 15 minutes

And then boil for 15 minutes

And then scrub down the kitchen for an hour to get rid of all the salt spray.

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Seriously though, this method has been 100% effective at curing mold on wood items in my crab tanks. I stick it in the sun to fully dry before putting it back in, and with the big pot I've been able to fully soak anything I need to, though sometimes in stages!ImageImageImage

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I tried this method with a moldy chonk of driftwood (I forget which type exactly) and after a couple minutes the water turned a dark brownish-red. What does that say about the wood?


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Post by wodesorel » Sat Sep 19, 2020 8:55 pm

That it has a lot of tannins, and it is a normal thing to have happen! When I boil mopani it stains the pot enough that I have to polish it clean afterwards.

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Post by avocadocrabbies » Sat Sep 19, 2020 9:01 pm

Mobani, that's what it's called! Good to know, thank you :)


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