Colorado is infested with Pine Beetles. They’re killing billions of lodgepole pine trees in the mountains – really sad and ugly (entire mountain sides – just dead). Now there are efforts to find a use for the dead trees and this as well as pellets for stoves are two of the ways it’s being used.Never heard of it before. Looks neat. How soft is it, eg. compared to poplar?
Here's a lumber yard that hand-selects the stuff:
Some concern – yes. The horizontal slabs are beetle kill trimmed in cherry so I have some concern about them moving at different rates. We’re basically a desert climate here (very low humidity) and all the wood was about 5 - 7% when constructed.Any concern with the miters opening up with wood movement?
WOW....Hope so!..... Colorado is going to be richer than Silicon Valley...:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:There is a major use of the dead trees.... Waste elimination and spill absorption.
Interesting thing... Something in the beetle waste neutralizes a huge array of poisons/chemicals. You can spill jet fuel on a parking lot, sprinkle some of the ground wood over it, grind it in with your feet, and sweep it up, and amazingly, you can't smell the jet fuel after awhile!
Scientists are continuing to study this stuff, but in the meantime, it is a very hot commodity. There are currently battles going on to purchase beetle-destroyed woodlands. A friend of mine works for one of the first companies producing this product, and he just sold a huge contract to the US Air Force. This is absolutely real, not just some old wives tale.
Amazing that bug poop and wood is the most effective chemical neutralizer/absorber the world has yet seen!
Sawdust in general is great for absorbing spills. Throw it on, let it soak, sweep it off. I have a big barrel of sawdust I empty now and then, if I have greasy/oily hands I just rub sawdust between them and it gets a lot of it off. Works even better if it is damp.Amazing that bug poop and wood is the most effective chemical neutralizer/absorber the world has yet seen!