Thermally Modified Wood Experiment - Part 1

  • Published on Jul 31, 2017
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    Thermally modified wood has both advantages and disadvantages over regular kiln-dried or pressure-treated wood. The advantages include increased weather resistance, rot resistance, insect resistance, and darker coloration that isn't just surface deep. The disadvantages include less flexibility making it prone to splitting when nailing, increased cost, and lower availability. Let's take a look at how the average home woodworker can mitigate the last two disadvantages by making their own thermally-modified wood at home.

Comments • 30

  • Douglas Wells
    Douglas Wells Month ago

    Idiotic comparison to really thermally modified wood.

  • Horrorcraft
    Horrorcraft 6 months ago

    He lost me the moment he took the camera into the house and showed the home oven. The professional torrefaction process is extremely high tech, a deoxygenated environment with temperatures hundreds of degrees fahrenheit, not some RU-clipr using their wife's oven lol. The humor of this is not lost on me, but really...this is not true torrefaction.

    • Wally West
      Wally West 2 months ago +1

      It's not state-of-the-art, but it's an actual representation of the torrefaction process. It's called oxidative torrefaction. What you are referring to is nonoxidative torrefaction.

  • Robert B.
    Robert B. 8 months ago

    I want to cook several 4X12X12s. So I welded a bunch of oil drums together and split them. Then I insulated them. However, I’m still waiting for someone to tell me the proper temp and time it would take to sterilize and slightly add color to the joists I plan on using on an open build with a client. I have several thermostats connected at grill level across the pit to where I can easily add these sawdust pellets I made that burn like briquettes. I made the mistake of starting the burn with gasoline and the boards reek of it. So I’m using alcohol. I tried burning the first one but over heated it for too long, which is why I added the thermostats. I kept the 2nd one at 350° for 2hrs but it looked like it could go longer and I don’t have that kind of time. What do you recommend?

    • The Snekker Show
      The Snekker Show  8 months ago

      I was thinking about building something similar for heating bamboo. I still have a lot to learn, but I like the 350 range because it doesn't burn the outside too quickly before the inside heats up. The only things I can think of to accelerate the process would be air circulation and oxygen deprivation with higher heat.

    MyREDTAIL 8 months ago +2

    Question, Can Raw Unfinished Maple wood be Flame Burned with a torch, Guys say that maple does not take a good flame burn like Ash does, would like your take onmaple Flame burning etc, thanks for sharing your video etc.

  • Jack Balitok
    Jack Balitok 9 months ago +1

    A little more pressure and temperature and you will cook diamonds!

  • Applied Martial Sciences
    Applied Martial Sciences 10 months ago +3

    My wife put WD - 40 on our squeaky hinges totally messed up my security.

  • Ron Jones
    Ron Jones 10 months ago +3

    Have you tried wrapping it carefully in aluminum foil? That's my poor man's version of an oxygen free environment.
    Maybe a little high temp tape from the big box store to seal the seams.

    • Harvie
      Harvie 9 months ago +1

      Yep. I think you don't really have to seal it completely. barely wrapping it should be enough to prevent it from catching a fire

    • The Snekker Show
      The Snekker Show  10 months ago +1

      That's just crazy enough to work. Probably wouldn't want to seal it completely though because of the steam.

  • Bull Hippo
    Bull Hippo 11 months ago +1

    Too much hiss in the narration..sorry. Thank you for the video, good info

  • Kevin
    Kevin Year ago +1

    "my wife isn't home yet so that means I can do whatever I want" LOVE IT!

  • Kristina Gibson
    Kristina Gibson Year ago +4

    You have to remove oxygen from whatever kiln you use

    • Wally West
      Wally West 2 months ago

      It's called oxidative torrefaction. You don't have to remove the oxygen.

    • Piet Muijs
      Piet Muijs Year ago

      Kristina Gibson . I guess a lower temperature would also d better plus a running fan. But yeah, removing the oxygen is better

    • Kristina Gibson
      Kristina Gibson Year ago

      I work at WESTWOOD we thermally modify wood

    • Kristina Gibson
      Kristina Gibson Year ago

      Otherwise you will burn the wood

  • Aaron W.
    Aaron W. Year ago +2

    I just learned how to make charcoal.

  • Ian Petti
    Ian Petti Year ago +1

    Have you tried dying the wood and then baking them?

    • The Snekker Show
      The Snekker Show  Year ago

      I learned the name recently, but my first burned-wood project was a box I built 25 years ago (and still have). Just last weekend I replaced some rotten gable returns with poplar that I sawed myself and baked in the oven. I'll have to check out Delta Mill Works. Thanks.

    • The Snekker Show
      The Snekker Show  Year ago

      Thanks for the link. You have a new subscriber.

    • Ian Petti
      Ian Petti Year ago +1

      I'm glad I found you! You have an extensive knowledge on wood working and I thought I might ask if you could help me figure out a burnt wood technique. I almost have it down except for the finishing. I'm sure you have heard of it; its called, " Shou Sugi Ban," which is a burn and brush process then dye. I didn't realize there were so many different types of dyes, then they fall in to sub-categories and so on and the list goes on forever. Just to give you an idea of what I'm trying to replicate is that there's this Milling Company called Delta Mill Works and Re-sawn Lumber. So I thought they baked it with some sort of Powder Coating for wood lol. Maybe we could collaborate. Thank you.

    • Ian Petti
      Ian Petti Year ago +1

    • The Snekker Show
      The Snekker Show  Year ago +1

      I have not, but that's an interesting idea. I'd probably bake the wood first and dye it while it's hot, dry, and very absorbent. I've found walnut oil soaks in very quickly and deeply on baked wooden kitchen utensils, for example.

  • Russ Veinot
    Russ Veinot Year ago +5

    just found your channel. I would leave the door squeaking. it might be your last warning she's home :>) Just in case you are putting something in there she wouldn't approve of.

    • The Snekker Show
      The Snekker Show  Year ago +2

      I actually did consider leaving it as a security feature.