J Dog wrote:CJ,
Try soaking those logs (pond, bucket, water trough) for about 5-6 hrs. Then re-stack them. Should start growing.
Thekla McDaniels wrote:If I were to try this, what temperature range would the oyster mushrooms prefer?
John Saltveit wrote:Tree oysters are native here, as they are in many places. We are rarely below freezing in the winter for very long. Rarely for 24 hours in a row, but very consistently wet, and we have huge forests, so lots of wood. They can definitely tolerate moderate cold, depending on the type of oyster. There are many species.
Thekla McDaniels wrote:Well, here is a thought about what to do about the problem of too much water in the bottom of the food grade plastic buckets we are all so familiar with (if that IS a problem).... Couldn't you install a little plastic spigot of some kind, like the one at the bottom of worm bins, to extract the "tea"? Or if those are not as easy to find as I think, then the plastic fittings that are used to drain swamp coolers?
Casey Williams wrote:
Do I have to boil the wood chips, or could I possibly cold ferment them as well? How long do you boil the wood chips for?
Regan Dixon wrote:Question for CJ Sloane about the chips from chainsawing: any concern about the chain oil that's on the chips?
Every year thousands of gallons of chain-and-bar oil are carried into the forests and none returns.
Regan Dixon wrote:Ah, food grade oil. I didn't know that would work? I learn something new every time I'm on this forum!
Question for Peter Ellis: my presumably petroleum-based chain oil is marked "harmful or fatal if swallowed". So, I'm curious to know whether oyster mushrooms break down the oil into smaller chains of non-toxic compounds, or whether they would sequester any heavy metals that might be present in the oil? Yes, some fungi do take up heavy metals, as do some plants and trees, which is why I understand they are used in environmental remediation--to get the metals out of the ground and water--but I don't believe that renders those metals edible. I also don't know what specifically is in the chain oil that makes it toxic. Off to look that up....