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I have some wood I canít seem to identify either, I am from Missouri and found the price in my backyard. Itís brown, with some darker areas on it and many large lumps and small holes. I really like it and want to put it in my cycling ten gallon, but I need to make sure itís safe for the fish I will add in the future. I donít know how to send a pic also so.
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I built a log house with native lodgepole pine that was streaked with blue throughout. People told me the blue was a fungus that had no deleterious effect on the wood. This was in WY, and the house is still standing like new after 40+ years.. I assume this isn't your wood, as pine is pretty easy to identify, and you are talking about hardwoods...
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I have some wood I can’t seem to identify either, I am from Missouri and found the price in my backyard. It’s brown, with some darker areas on it and many large lumps and small holes. I really like it and want to put it in my cycling ten gallon, but I need to make sure it’s safe for the fish I will add in the future. I don’t know how to send a pic also so.
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w/o a DNA test on it...
anybuddy's guess will be right...

as for getting it ready for an aquarium..

place it in pure white vinegar solution first, then boil it briefly....
Remove it from vinegar then swirl it around and rinse it extremely thoroughly in tap water.
Next, put the wood in hot to boiling water, completely submerged, to get rid of those little critters, bugs, bacteria, diseases and etc. that are living in it..
Driftwood does not sink unless you allow it to absorb/soak enough water. This is were boiling/soaking comes in. Grab a large pot and try to submerge as much of the wood in water as possible. Next, crank the heat to the max and let wood boil till the water level gets down to 50% water level. Once you’re at 50%, drain the pot, rinse it and repeat.
This can take from 1 hour to over 10+ hours of boiling a piece of driftwood, depending on the size of said wood.

When you boil your wood, you will notice the water in the pot turn VERY brown, almost a red-like colour. That’s the Tannins releasing due to the extreme heat. The more you boil your wood, the more the Tannins are released. The more tannin is released, the less coloration your aquarium water will have.

that is what my folks did for their fish side business.....
actually I was the labor...

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I built a log house with native lodgepole pine that was streaked with blue throughout. People told me the blue was a fungus that had no deleterious effect on the wood. This was in WY, and the house is still standing like new after 40+ years.. I assume this isn't your wood, as pine is pretty easy to identify, and you are talking about hardwoods...
Blue Stain Pine (Beetle Kill Pine)
Beetle Kill Pine is the result of blue stain fungus that spreads from bark beetles to Lodgepole Pine, Douglas Fir, and Whitebark Pine trees...

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Blue Pine...
this is what it looks like in board form...
it is often referred to as Denim Pine and commands top dollar under that moniker...

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Hi there, I was wondering if anyone can identify this wood I found by the reservoir in Alberta?
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Hi Leia and welcome. Which reservoir? That would narrow it down a bit maybe. There are areas where jackpine is common and areas in Alberta where is is very uncommon. Is the soil fairly sandy in that area? The tracks on the wood appear to be made by bark beetles and jackpine is their victim over there. They burrow just under the bark in the cambium layer. They do not bore into the wood. If there are bore holes that go deeper then it is another beetle, possibly the ambrosia beetle. They make pin sized holes. Sawyer beetles make pencil sized holes. Usually jackpine is straighter than that though. Is there some fresh end grain on that staff that we could see? Pine tends to be a creamy color white.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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I need help identifying these. I found them in a container in the back of a kitchen cupboard. I sent a picture of them to the administrator of the Small Bits of Unknown Stuff Organization and after waiting apprehensively for months they haven't come up with an answer. I've sat around having a beer with the boys at times and together we think we've got the answer. I just need confirmation so I'm asking you guys. We here have arrived at the conclusion that they're a collection of firewood for little people. I know they only come out at night and I'm sure I've heard faint sawing noises in the wee small hours. Any thoughts? It's driving me crazy not knowing.
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that's not firewood...
those are the key components to a little person's life raft...
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I think Stick's onto something...
Parts from a scale model of Kon-Tiki?
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