Toney are you talking about the drill and plug method it's a great way of keeping a steady supply of fresh shittake. I have many logs drilled and plugged with warm and cold weather strains. Nothing like fresh and they are very good for you.
I plan my fruiting of my shittake logs by watching the weather. I have cold and warm weather strains. Toney you really have to place your logs in a shaded place were wind doesn't dry them out. When your ready to fruit just soak the logs in water for about 3 days.
Latt the blue oyster has a taste all of it's own. The stem is very woody on this strain and should be cut off. The best part is no bugs, the ones I harvest from the wild most of the time are loaded with those black beetles.