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Date:	Mon, 3 Jul 2000 17:25:36 -0700 (PDT)
From:	Adele and Davis Gailitis <adele_davis at yahoo_com>
Subject:	steralizing driftwood

Hello everyone:) I have a large piece of driftwood
36"x16"x20" that I pulled out of a back woods fresh
water river and I was wondering about steralizing it.
I am a foundry tech at York U and I have access to an
Autoclave which has enough room in it to put three of
this size in it. I was wondering if this sounds ok
instead of using a bleach solution on the wood. I
would still soak and boil it in water for a while, I
don't think the Autoclave would get rid of the exess
sap or tannins in the wood. Your comments would be
most appreciated. Thanks much Davis:)

Davis Gailitis
adele_davis at yahoo_com

I routinely use an autoclave to sterilize any wood that I put in my tanks.  It doesn't do much to waterlog the piece or remove anything, but it will kill any little unwanted critters.  

-Dave Gauthier