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ew1439
10-29-2018, 10:23 PM
i store a small amount (half face cord) of white oak in my garage to be cut up for chunks to be used in the LGS IVS. I could hear something coming from the pile and took a sledge hammer to knock off some bark. After removing the bark, borer tracks, a lot of dust, and in some, small (1/2") larva/slug were found.

I knocked all the bark off and dust off. Anyone have this issue or any ill affects from using the wood in the smoker? The remaining wood is solid and seems good to go. Thanks for any info....

Westx
10-29-2018, 10:37 PM
Should still be good to go.

SmittyJonz
10-29-2018, 10:40 PM
Termites don’t Hurt Nuttin - Smoke On.

EyeBurnEverything
10-29-2018, 10:45 PM
Extra flavor imo. Some people might say smoked slugs are the best part of the meal.

Rockinar
10-30-2018, 02:59 AM
Free flavoring!!

Monkey Uncle
10-30-2018, 06:49 AM
Should be fine if you brush off the dust and larvae. I'm assuming they're just under the bark and not throughout the wood.

If I were you, I'd get that wood out of the garage, on the off chance that the bugs also like to eat studs. They probably won't, but it's a chance I wouldn't want to take.

seakuv
10-30-2018, 07:09 AM
If I were you, I'd get that wood out of the garage, on the off chance that the bugs also like to eat studs. They probably won't, but it's a chance I wouldn't want to take.

^^^^^
I'll second that advice!

Kmm
10-30-2018, 11:15 AM
You might want to take a couple of those critters down to your local university extension office (or your favorite pest control specialist) for identification. Based on the description they certainly could be termites. There is a chance they came in with the wood, if that is the case, they usually don't survive too long cut off dorm the nest and moisture. The other possibility is they came from a nest someplace in or near the house. Carefully inspect the area where the wood is stacked, look for mud tunnels on the walls, floor or legs of the wood rack (if used). If there is a live nest working the pile, removing the pile will simply drive the survivors (and there a re a lot of them) to come up and find another food source....be it wood, paper or dead plant fiber (hay/straw).

dadsr4
10-30-2018, 11:26 AM
They're a quick cook.

CentralOhioBBQ
10-30-2018, 11:26 AM
Yes! Great news. They're a delicacy. Should accent the meat well...

dadsr4
10-30-2018, 11:29 AM
Yes! Great news. They're a delicacy. Should accent the meat well...
Or feed them up.
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EdF
10-30-2018, 02:06 PM
You had to do that, eh?

Big George's BBQ
10-30-2018, 04:39 PM
100% protein

dadsr4
10-30-2018, 05:00 PM
You had to do that, eh?
I did, when I took a Wilderness Survival course. Toasted over a fire, they weren't half bad. Kind of nutty flavored.
On the other hand, killing a live rabbit was part of the final exam. Out of 32 rabbits, I had to finish off at least 10. Silence of the Rabbits.

frankenfab
10-30-2018, 06:01 PM
I may me imagining things, but it seems to me that the hickory I use that has had bugs in it has a sweeter smell and taste.

ew1439
10-30-2018, 09:27 PM
I'll definitely make some sort of wood shed outside and get the wood out of the garage.

EyeBurnEverything
10-30-2018, 09:46 PM
I'll definitely make some sort of wood shed outside and get the wood out of the garage.

Is your garage dirt floor? I am just trying to understand how building a wood shed is going to prevent grubs/slugs ect...ect from getting into your wood pile. Have you considered that the wood already had them "growing" in the wood before you stored it?

Happy Hapgood
10-31-2018, 12:21 AM
Fire cleans Everything BBQ.