You don't need many materials to jump right into mushroom cultivation but it helps to have the right tools. North Spore recommends a few tools to get you started growing mushroom outdoors and to make the log inoculation process run swiftly and smoothly.
Angle Grinder Adapter
We recommend using an angle grinder to speed up your log inoculation project dramatically. Inoculating a log with an angle grinder is four times faster than using a hand drill. If you are interested in being able to inoculate more logs in a shorter period of time, you'll need an Angle Grinder Adapter to connect your drill bit to the angle grinder.
When we inoculate logs, we always use specialized high-speed mushroom log drill bits because they're designed to bear the force of drilling logs for hours. Our mushroom log drill bits are manufactured in Japan and designed specifically for mushroom log inoculations. They're effective at spitting out wood shavings and are outfitted with stop collar to ensure you don't drill too deep into your logs. If you're going to inoculate your log with plug spawn, you'll need the 8.5mm Specialized Mushroom Drill Bit . For inoculating with sawdust spawn, make sure you're using the 12mm Specialized Mushroom Drill Bit.
You'll need an Inoculation Tool for any project using sawdust spawn. An inoculation tool is essentially a hollow tube with a plunger mechanism to inject spawn into drilled holes. It ensures the spawn fits in the hole and is adequately compressed. The inoculation tool (especially when paired with the angle grinder adapter and high speed drill bit, see our Trio of Tools) will substantially speed up your inoculation project.
A clear food-grade paraffin wax ideal for sealing holes in inoculated logs. You can also use cheese wax or beeswax if those are more available to you. One pound of wax is enough to seal about 10 logs with some variability depending on the size of the logs and whether you choose to seal the ends. It is not necessary to seal the ends but sealing the holes is critical to success because it protects the spawn from drying out and from contamination.Whatever you use to melt the wax will ultimately remain coated in wax so we recommend using an old crock pot (try looking for one at a thrift store) and allocating it specifically for melting wax.