Question - How long do you boil steel traps?

Answered by: Paul Murphy  |  Category: General  |  Last Updated: 25-06-2022  |  Views: 1068  |  Total Questions: 8

To get a light coat of rust on factory new traps, I cover them with water in the boiling pot and bring the water to a boil. Simmer for 30 minutes. When putting a trap into service, I want it clean and odor free. Nothing does that job better than several minutes in boiling water. I heat a large pot of clean water, add up to a half-dozen traps at a time and let them “cook” for 10 minutes or so. My land traps are dyed and waxed, on new traps you can just clean them and wax them then next year after you clean them, they will be ready to dye and rewax, this is to protect the trap from corrosion, it has little to do with the odor of the trap. Boiling: When you get brand-new traps, they will have grease on them. They must be boiled to get rid of the grease. A lot of trappers will add degreaser to their water and then boil them for one hour. This initial boiling only needs to be done when you get new traps. The traps will come out of the water hot; do not touch them with your bare hands. Leave it in place until the water is cool enough to safely handle. Do not wax Conibear traps, as they will not stay set if waxed.

Animals can smell the metal in traps, so coating them with a thin layer of wax can help hide their scent. Wax also keeps the springs and metal from rusting so your traps last longer when they're out in the elements. You can either dip the traps in a wax and water solution or in a double boiler filled with wax.

As your hands and trap parts dry, wipe powdered black charcoal from the campfire on them. Don't use the white or grey ashes, just grind black charcoal chunks into a powder and apply it. Layer on a strong-smelling local plant as another cover scent.

Trap Preparation: I use vinegar to wash the oil off new traps and them lay them outside for a few days to give them a little coating of rust. Then you can deodorize the traps by boiling them in water with some bark from a soft maple.

It's quicker and better to boil snares again in water containing plenty of chips of oak bark, oak leaves or tea (save old tea bags/leaves! ). Bring to the boil, simmer for five minutes and leave to stand in the liquid for 24 hours if they need darkening.

Traditional Method: Add your dye ( 1 Pack per 6 gallons of water) to your container. Bring your water to a rolling boil. Make sure you have a heat brick/stone on the bottom of the container so that the traps do not rest on the bottom. Let water temperature come down to a simmer and then put your traps in.

Using your propane cooker, bring the water to a boil. After the wax is completely melted, dip trap into the melted wax, completely submerging, and let remain for 2-3 minutes. I connect the trap to a piece of wire in order to lower it in the melted wax. Slowly pull trap out of the wax and let any excess drop off.

However, if they are heavily rusted or you aren't going to dye then soak them in a solution of white vinegar and water (50% solution). Leave them in for a day or two and you'll find most of the rust will come right off. If it hangs on in a bit, rub with your fingers or a rag.

Mix 1 quart of Speed Dip to 1 gallon of Coleman fuel or mineral spirits. Put mix the solution in a bucket. Dip your traps a into the solution, make sure they are evenly coated, remove the traps, and hang to dry. Worst thing you can do to your traps!