03-18-2008, 02:30 AM
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I am fortunate that I live 30 minutes from three flood control reservoirs in northern Indiana. I boil every piece of driftwood I collect........vigorously.
Many rivers are somewhat polluted here with agricultural runoff. Federal mandates have cleaned some waterways, but the threat of pollution, especially industrial pollution, is still a reality. The most serious of the agricultural pollution is pesticides. It can't be helped. Farmers apply the bug killer and rain washes it to the river.
The first step that I do when cleaning a piece is introduce it to my pressure washer. Sometimes more than once. I have a cauldron, literally a cauldron like the witches use. It is huge! I fill the thing with my driftwood, add water, and boil it for most of the day. Believe me, if anything lives through that process, it has my deepest respect.