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chrking33
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PostPosted: 2005.04.22(Fri)22:46    Post subject: Bogwood Preparation Reply with quote

I found a couple of pieces of driftwood on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay which is brackish water (salt and fresh). Are the same preparation techniques advised?

Scrub the wood clean.
Soak the wood and drain the water occasionally for a few weeks.

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dale
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PostPosted: 2005.04.23(Sat)0:32    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi CK,
Sounds good to me. Some people say you should boil it but I haven't (can't find 3-4 foot pots anywhere Confused ).
I would add some hydrogen peroxide (or bleach) to the soaker tub (Remember to rinse really well afterward).
The biggest concern may be salinity leaching from the wood. Just soak it until there is no salt present in the water. I'm not sure how long that may take as I usually collect bogwood from freshwater sources.
Good luck!
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PostPosted: 2005.04.23(Sat)6:47    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would recommend that you do boil it. Boiling will remove a lot of tannins, shortening your soaking time. More importantly, though, boiling it will kill any pathogens or bugs that might be living on or in the wood. (better safe than sorry).

As far as the soaking goes, I agree with dale, you'll definitely want to extend the soaking time a bit to ensure that pieces won't leach salinity. I currently have two small pieces of birch driftwood I pulled from a brackish marsh on the Intercoastal Waterway. I boiled them twice and then soaked them for a month before adding them to the tank.
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