Wood Preservation

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  • For better, or for worse, wood is biodegradable
  • on one hand we don't have a crisis like we do with plastic waste
  • On the other hand wood products (especially n the construction sector) often get rotten by microrganisms, eaten by pests, or damaged by humidity levels
  • This page explores sustainable methods to adress this




  • Supposedly effective, not too toxic, not sure on production pathway

Borate compounds

  • [1]
  • Boric acid, and other compounds


  • Either the pure chemical(s) or simply Creosote itself
  • Works but is carcinogenic, emits smell, and changes color of wood

Iron Sulphate

Ferrous sulphate

Potassium silicate


Charring with a gaseous fuel torch

  • Essentially A Controlled Manual Form of Yakisugi (charring to make a protective layer, done in japan pre-modern materials)

Thermally modified wood


  • Silicate Paints [2]. Also sol-silicate paints.
  • Sodium silicate -waterglass - [3]. FPL work in Madison, with soak then 2.5% phosphoric acid to polymerize water glass.

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