• 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
  • Pearl Sutton
  • Nicole Alderman
stewards:
  • Mike Haasl
  • r ranson
  • paul wheaton
master gardeners:
  • jordan barton
  • John F Dean
  • Rob Lineberger
  • Carla Burke
  • Jay Angler
gardeners:
  • Greg Martin
  • Ash Jackson
  • Jordan Holland

Using Coconut Oil for Earthen Floor?

 
Posts: 2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I have three or four flooring projects that call out for earthen prospects soon. I've been holding back on doing this for some time now because linseed oil is not readily available in the Philippines, especially on the island I am on (Palawan).  We have large areas that would make shipping impractical for our tight pockets.  What we do have a lot of is coconut, we're a coconut plantation that has copra and coconut oil readily available.  As I understand, coconut oil doesn't usually come up as a spoken alternative to linseed, but I've seen it suggested several times with a lot of interest. But I've not actually come upon anyone whose used it and confidently told bold tales out loud. I am unable not to consider what's readily plentiful here.  I understand coconut oil is a non-drying oil but I've also seen some people say any organic oil will dry with sufficient time and exposure to oxygen.  I'm interested in there being possible easy-enough interventions to polymerise coconut oil using something like hydrogen peroxide, or just actually waiting things out.  Has anyone here put thoughts to any of this and/or actual work modes in regards to this?  Would be very grateful for any thoughts.  Thank you ahead for your experiences.
 
pollinator
Posts: 489
Location: San Diego, California
91
forest garden trees rabbit chicken food preservation building woodworking greening the desert
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I don't have experience with this, either, but another resource that may be available in your area is Palm Oil(although the macroeconomics of this product are terrible, environmentally speaking) - it may have better drying/hardening properties.  Tung Oil would be the most close in regards to tropical source of oil, but it's usually expensive.
 
Pi Villaraza
Posts: 2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Thank you Dustin, I will look into Palm Oil.  It does seem it may be quicker drying than Coconut Oil and may be less tempting for termites and other organisms that might consider the mixture edible.
 
There are 10 kinds of people in this world. Those that understand binary get this tiny ad:
Rocket Mass Heater Manual - now free for a while
https://permies.com/goodies/8/rmhman
reply
    Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic