• Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education skip experiences global resources cider press projects digital market permies.com private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Anne Miller
  • Nicole Alderman
  • r ranson
  • Pearl Sutton
  • Mike Haasl
  • paul wheaton
stewards:
  • Joylynn Hardesty
  • Dave Burton
  • Joseph Lofthouse
master gardeners:
  • jordan barton
  • Greg Martin
gardeners:
  • Carla Burke
  • Ash Jackson
  • Kate Downham

Burnt pinewood logs

 
Posts: 1
Location: Hot Springs, Arkansas
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
We had some timber cleared from our land. Towards the end of the operation, there was a fire. About 4, 25 ton loads of pine timbers were scorched but not burned. Needless to say the saw mill will not take them.
I have been told that bugs don't like burnt wood. I am considering using these logs to build a log barn on a stone, (they grow quite freely on our Arkansas soil!) Foundation.
I would like to know if anyone has any experience in this matter or expert advice.
Thank you
 
pollinator
Posts: 487
Location: San Diego, California
91
forest garden trees rabbit chicken food preservation building woodworking greening the desert
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I don't have first hand experience with this, but here goes my contribution:

The Japanese have the wood preservation method called "Shou Sugi Ban" (or something like that) but it is just a light scorching of the wood, usually wood siding panels for the outside of the building ONLY, not necessarily structural timbers (not saying it can't be done, just doesn't seem to be common.)

If you do this you will probably need to scrape and seal each log thoroughly to remove the loose carbon - breathing in slowly shedding carbon dust in your home for the next 30 years is a recipe for severe lung damage.


Despite my concerns above, the possibility to re-use this "waste material" for something useful and beautiful is a wonderful endeavor; I hope you find a way to do it!
gift
 
Solar Station Construction Plans by Ben Peterson -- ebook
will be released to subscribers in: soon!
reply
    Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic