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Would you burn wood sprayed by a skunk?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by SolarAndWood, Jul 14, 2011.

  1. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Solar, this reminds me of the time I killed 6 skunks while cutting hay. Three days later when we were baling we could still smell it but not real bad. We put it in the haymow with the rest of the hay and never smelled it after that and the cows never minded; it all got eaten. We never considered digging the hole. lol

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  2. thewoodlands

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    Can't beat waking up in the morning with the fresh smell of coffee and some skunk wood, neighbors will love you.

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  3. Jutt77

    Jutt77 Feeling the Heat

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    Burn it! My Siberian Husky got sprayed by a skunk one time, the only thing that worked to get rid of the smell was time.
  4. blades

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    Another way to rid yourself and dogs of the skunk oil, Go-Jo hand cleaner or similar lanolin based hand cleaner ( no pumice type) won't hurt dogs or your skin and does a 98% job. Might be even better nowadays as they have lemon or orange scented stuff now. Works on clothes also.
  5. Battenkiller

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    Sounds like my skunk story, but mine has some pretty humorous (now anyway) twists.

    Woke up the same way, thought we'd had a terrorist chemical attack. When it's that strong, it doesn't smell like skunk at all, just toxic gas. We were both in college at the time, rushing around, getting the kids ready. Finally when we were leaving, I saw what was going on. There was a dead skunk right in the middle of the lawn. Oh, well... it'll have to wait until we get home.

    Walked into the O chem lecture hall and sat down. Young kids start looking around and sniffing the air. Finally, some young dude says, "Alright... who's got the skunk weed?" Yep, it was my backpack full of books that had been sitting in the hallway by the front door. Everybody had a good laugh, even the prof. Then we got into a short discussion about thiols and how I might use organic chemistry to neutralized the odor. "You might check in with Dr. S, his work centers around sulphur compounds." So after class I head to talk to Dr. S, who gives me about 16 different things that might work... if only I had those chemicals at home. So I get home and call my good buddy Ray, who just happens to be an organic chem prof at Skidmore College. He says, you know, you should talk to Dr. S at SUNY Albany (same Dr. S I spoke to hours before), he's a sulphur chemist." Yeah, yeah...

    Finally, I decide to try to figure out what three organic chemistry profs can't figure out for sure. I decide to try a solution of household lye (who knows why at this point in time, O chem has now all but left me, maybe Adios can tell us). I mix the lye up in a plastic pail full of water and head out to remove the skunk. I grab a silage fork, slip it under the carcass (a great cat scraper-upper BTW), and run off into the direction the wind is blowing until I hit woods and fling it as far as I can. Back at the house, I realize that in my haste I forgot to mark the location where the skunk was lying. We started sniffing around the area, but our noses were so overtaxed with skunk smell by then we couldn't smell it at all. I had to dump that bucket of lye someplace, so I poured it in an area about 5' around where I thought he was and hoped for the best.

    No luck. The smell persisted through several rainstorms, sunny days, lawn mowing. It seemed to be much worse right in the house instead of outside, actually was mostly in the basement at that point. Weird.

    Then about a month or so later I figured it out. Before the little stinker died (from what, we'll never know) he sprayed the house right next to the front door. That's why the smell was so overwhelming in our bedroom. That door is right at the bottom of the stair to our room. I discovered the skunk juice as a big yellow-brown streak that ran down the vinyl siding and then down the foundation wall. It was in the block itself now. Nothing to do but wait it out. Six months later, I could still smell it every time I went down to fill the stove.

    So, BB... about that measly amount of skunk juice. I ain't buying it. Maybe southern skunks, but ours are real pissers.

    Now... if someone can tell me how to get the smell of cat piss out of a Camry wagon that I accidentally locked my cat in for three days. :roll:
  6. SolarAndWood

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    If I didn't have a proper piece of equipment for making a 6 foot hole on hand, I probably would have thrown it in the trailer and driven far enough that the dog wouldn't find it ;-)

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  7. blades

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    That looks like it will work just fine for the Camry also.
  8. Llamaman

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    Anyone have good method for getting the little buggers to move out from under my back porch and adjacent outdoor shower............have tried mothballs and ammonia - not sure if they are gone and looking for any other skunk eradication advice (besides trapping) - thanks!
  9. SolarAndWood

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    The hybrid gets better mileage than the diesel and I doubt my wife could get the Hitachi into the parking garage.
  10. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    I'll take that bet, for 100.00.
  11. SolarAndWood

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  12. SolarAndWood

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    Incidentally, my wife's highly effective solution for dealing with skunk sprayed dog is as follows:

    1. mix dog or kid shampoo and baking soda into a thick paste
    2. lather dog
    3. pour white vinegar over paste
    4. lather dog
    5. rinse
    6. repeat if required

    dog smelled better that evening than she has all summer
  13. Backwoods Savage

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    Solar, that sounds like it should work good.
  14. firefighterjake

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    I don't know . . . I don't attend any high school reunions . . . don't want to chance anyone bringing that up again. ;)

    Also . . . a vote for burning it . . . by Fall it should be OK to burn without smell.
  15. Stegman

    Stegman Feeling the Heat

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    I got sprayed once - as collateral damage while walking my dog. The skunk was underneath one of our cars. I couldn't see it, but the dog did and went after it. I was tethered to her by a leash, so there wasn't much I could do.

    It smells totally different when you get blasted. To me, it kind of reminded me of what I figured pepper spray was like [I've never been hit by pepper spray, so just a guess on my part]. But the roofing tar is a good description.

    Eventually the real strong smell wears off and the classic eau de skunk takes over. I could smell it on my hands for about a week afterward. I'm guessing it was worse on my hands because they had to wash my dog.

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