03-15-2011, 02:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Byron
Gwen, make sure the type of wood is safe. Hardwood that has completely dried is OK (after the boiling, etc). Soft wood will rot very quickly, and some woods contain poisonous sap. The wood must be dry, which means no sap as there would be if you cut the branch from a growing tree. If the branch has been off the tree and lying on the ground for some time, fine. I don't know how long this takes, may depend upon the tree species; but if it is brittle and snaps, it is dry. Oak is good wood for this. Avoid any coniferous woods (cedar, spruce, pine, etc). And make sure the place where you collected it is fairly safe--no chance of oil, pesticides, chemicals having been absorbed, as these will not come out with simple heating or boiling.
Thanks for that - perhaps I won't use this wood. It was found in what is called "Open Space" here in NM. It would be safe from pesticides, but I'll ask my husband what wood he thinks it is, but we don't have Oak in that area - mostly juniper (which is probably a coniferous wood. Lots of scrubby pine, etc. It was dried, but I don't know if I want to chance it. Thanks for the info.
I've been washing sand for hours today - wow! Not sure I could handle doing this again. Hope I love it in the tank.