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Leland Dunn (66.125.226.213)
Posted on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 - 05:44 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I know this has probably been discussed before but what would be the best wood used to make a stir paddle for my 10 gallon batches? Should I treat the paddle with something or leave it as "raw" wood? I want to make a paddle this coming weekend.
 

Bill Pierce (24.141.63.119)
Posted on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 - 06:09 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The ideal wood would be relatively high density and low in oil such as ash or maple but the truth is that it's not really that important. I wouldn't do anything to treat the wood; merely let the paddle air dry between uses.
 

Belly Buster Bob (142.177.94.168)
Posted on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 - 06:25 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I used maple. One note, make sure you get all the wort off the paddle or it will mold.
 

Walt Fischer (24.221.196.114)
Posted on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 - 08:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Maple.....:)

Walt
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Doug J (67.200.25.2)
Posted on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 - 09:36 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I used red oak, just because I found a beautifully clear piece in my woodpile that looked just the right length for a paddle.

Like Bill said, it doesn't really matter.
 

Joe Sandlin (216.12.26.172)
Posted on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 - 10:20 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Wal-Mart boat oar wood seems to work for me. They come in various lengths and cheap. Sand off the finish and drill a few holes in it. It looks like maple, but who knows. It is, after all, Wal-Mart.....
 

Mike Mayer (64.12.97.9)
Posted on Thursday, September 04, 2003 - 12:11 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I use a long crappy extremely flexible plastic spoon, but if I had the time to make one, I would go with hard maple.
 

Leland Dunn (66.125.227.173)
Posted on Thursday, September 04, 2003 - 03:37 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks for the input guys. Looks like it will be maple since I am going to be purchasing the board tomorrow and I want something that will last a while. Brew on!
 

Beerboy (81.134.85.22)
Posted on Thursday, September 04, 2003 - 09:34 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Balsa ;)
 

Walt Fischer (24.221.196.114)
Posted on Thursday, September 04, 2003 - 04:30 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Cool Leland,
Also, take the paddle down to 400 sandpaper so its nice n smooth... then hit it with a coat of Canola oil.

Then hit it with canola oil over time whenever the wood looks like its getting too dried out...

There are a couple pics of mine here.
http://www.LamaBrewery.com/Various%20Toys.htm

Walt
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PalerThanAle (65.168.73.62)
Posted on Thursday, September 04, 2003 - 05:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hey Malt - Don't you worry about the canola leeching into your mash/wort? And can't the oil be a breeding ground for bad stuff or become rancid? I just wash and let air dry. Of course I'm using a store bought Booyah paddle and not a homemade one.

PTA
 

Hophead (167.4.1.38)
Posted on Thursday, September 04, 2003 - 06:28 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Red oak (from home depot). No oil, air dry.
 

Malbec (205.242.56.60)
Posted on Thursday, September 04, 2003 - 07:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

red oak. no oil and air dry. works great.
 

Les Parti (207.141.188.253)
Posted on Thursday, September 04, 2003 - 07:05 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

chromium steel
 

PalerThanAle (65.168.73.62)
Posted on Thursday, September 04, 2003 - 07:19 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Beerboy - Balsa is fine if your brewing a lite beer... that almost hurt saying.

PTA
 

Walt Fischer (24.221.196.114)
Posted on Friday, September 05, 2003 - 03:12 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

A good question PiTA.....;>
Before I built mine, I asked the guy who makes em..;>
Ron at http://www.monamiepaddles.com told me this is the procedure he uses... and he's made paddles for many a person n brewery :)
Unfort he stopped making paddles about 6 months ago..
So i went with his advice when i made mine..;>

Walt
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