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Wax dirt odor #7366412
09/28/21 11:36 AM
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Hi all, I'm taking up coyote trapping this fall and have another wax dirt question. The black soil I'm using is around 50% sand -50 dirt and it's pretty rich in decomposing plant material prior to sifting. I made a batch in the nesco and it took on a "cooked" odor- not a burned smell. Thinking I may have scorched it I made a small batch in a vaccum bag and simmered it, pretty much the same odor, smells cooked. Has anyone used "smelly" dirt with success? Thinking I may have to go to waxed sand for this year otherwise.

Re: Wax dirt odor [Re: Grayling] #7366432
09/28/21 11:59 AM
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I’d go with making wax sand takes less wax and traps bed nicer in it. When I get dirt for wax dirt I find the dirt with very little plant material if any in it still trying to break down.

Re: Wax dirt odor [Re: Grayling] #7366901
09/28/21 08:32 PM
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X2 on the waxed sand.


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Re: Wax dirt odor [Re: Grayling] #7367035
09/29/21 04:15 AM
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X3 on sand


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Re: Wax dirt odor [Re: Grayling] #7367057
09/29/21 05:20 AM
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x4....toss out the dirt part and find some coarse sand


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Re: Wax dirt odor [Re: Grayling] #7367198
09/29/21 09:01 AM
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The more organic material the more wax it takes, some dirt just naturally stinks. Sand has very little odor and no organic material. I add a bit of loamy soil with very little organic material to add color to the sand so its easier to blend. I use that on bare ground and use pure sand when the snow hits.. I add the loam at 1 gallon to 4 gallons of sand.


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Re: Wax dirt odor [Re: Grayling] #7367217
09/29/21 09:16 AM
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Thanks for the replies, sand seems to be the consensus. Keats reccomends coarse sand, what is the reasoning? I would guess less wax would be needed as the particles get larger, does coarse sand pack better?

Re: Wax dirt odor [Re: Grayling] #7367234
09/29/21 09:42 AM
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Once waxed it all beds well. Coarse means less wax and better drainage…. Play sand works fine for me.

Big drawback is the weight. That’s a bigger problem for some people than others. It just depends on how you carry your stuff when you trap.

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