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Old 06-21-2013, 05:05 AM   #1
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Boiling driftwood

I know I've seen threads about DW all the time on here but I've never seen this question asked... I have a small piece of wood I found on a beach near Lake Erie and I've already boiled it twice until the water was almost all evaporated. How many more times do I need to boil the wood do you think? The water does still had a brown tint to it both times during the boiling process. Any and all input welcomed
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You'll have much better results if you get the water boiling and change it a few times.Letting it evaporite isn't going to get the tannins out.
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Wait.... Did you boil the water until it was all gone?

You should reach boiling point and keep it at that temp. It's more steady and you can boil the wood for longer as the water doesn't boil away.
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I let it boil till it is a quarter of the way down the pot and I let it boil then put it on "warm" for a while then when I look it's down to a quarter down
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I let it boil till it is a quarter of the way down the pot and I let it boil then put it on "warm" for a while then when I look it's down to a quarter down
If you're letting it boil too hot it can cause the wood to be brittle and flakey I've heard.
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Boil the wood for a while, then empty the water out an add new water and keep boiling.. When the water evaporates its leaving behind more concentrated tannins. So just boil and change water don't leave it in there for so long in the same tannin filled water
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