You know what's funny, I didn't use wood stir sticks in years and years. I have now do because of the mixing cups with the mixing ratios on them. But for years and years I used the metal ones with the mixing ratios and even before then I used a plain metal one that was cleaned every time. Honestly, I don't believe I had a single wood stick for the 13 years I had it. Damn, I now after reading these ideas I wish I would have, I missed out on some good tricks.