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Offline SueVT

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spruce boards
« on: February 11, 2010, 09:25:42 PM »
Any idea where I can get spruce boards for aging my cheese?  Can't find them around here!

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Re: spruce boards
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2010, 10:33:05 PM »
Id say in your area outside in the woods! Any saw mills near by?

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Re: spruce boards
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2010, 09:12:55 AM »
Sue, do your local lumber yards not have any? (lowe's, home depot) Normally, medium grade shelving, which is 1 X 12, is made from spruce. You might just ask what their number 2 shelving is made of. I can get that here (AL) anywhere they sell lumber. It may be very different in your state. Good luck.

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Re: spruce boards
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2010, 05:07:58 PM »
Thanks!  I'll try the shelving.  1x12 would be perfect I think!
At Home Despot, they told me all their lumber was yellow pine.....

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Re: spruce boards
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2010, 07:56:11 PM »
We only have yellow pine here too or douglas fir for steps. We must be to far north. Either that or they only sell them for Christmas trees.

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Re: spruce boards
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2010, 04:02:26 PM »
I am also in VT and you can get locally milled clapboard spruce in 6' lengths in the local lumber supply places. The s4s boards are mostly pine up here, but again shop outside of your big box stores and you should be able to find spruce pretty easily.

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Re: spruce boards
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2010, 04:06:47 PM »
Thanks!
I have some wooden wine boxes....wonder what they're made of?

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Re: spruce boards
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2010, 05:09:54 PM »
Post a pic and I might can tell you.

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Re: spruce boards
« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2010, 08:07:38 AM »
From a cheese making perspective, what is the difference between the two conifers mentioned in this thread? (spruce and pine).

Is this a tradition thing? or is there a technical reason for the preference?
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Re: spruce boards
« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2010, 05:28:26 PM »
I know that there are a few types of wood that you don't want to use; they will impart their own flavor to the cheese, and not in a good way.

I also think I heard that the west coast Sitka spruce is kind of that way too..... the European kind would be best, whatever that is.

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Re: spruce boards
« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2010, 10:57:08 PM »
Yeah. That's what they make the good violins out of.

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Re: spruce boards
« Reply #11 on: March 19, 2010, 09:03:27 AM »
I cannot help but wonder if regular pine board would work as well.  But I admit, I don't have the facts.
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