Thermally modified hardwood may represent an up-and-coming contender to compete with treated wood and composite products. Thermally treated wood boasts advantages over both.
The question remains whether this product will be adopted by consumers. The process is not well understood by those outside of the wood industry. There is even confusion and misconceptions among woodworkers. Lack of understanding is a major barrier to entry into the markets. The success of this product will be heavily dependent on overcoming that barrier and helping users interested in thermally modified hardwood.
The American Hardwood Export Council recognizes thermal modification as a developing market with great potential for American hardwood producers. There are various species that can be successfully treated such as – ash, soft maple, tulip poplar, red oak, yellow birch and hickory. Appearance of
Thermally Modified Hardwood Piques Consumer Interest
The darker wood tones created by the treatment process for thermally modified wood resemble some exotic hardwoods. Designers and consumers alike have been drawn to being able to obtain this dark mocha color without having to apply a wood stain. In addition, having a wood grain choice other
than spruce, pine, and fir, is a refreshing change.
Exterior Performance of Thermally Modified Wood Holds Up
Thermally modified hardwood has similar physical properties to traditional wood choices. Thermally modified wood strength is on par with the same species that has not been thermally modified. You can cut, drill, nail and screw thermally modified wood the same as traditional wood. There are also no special fasteners required with thermally modified wood, but you can use a hidden deck fastener system if you wish.
The story of thermally modified hardwood is a good one – now we just need to do a good job of telling it.
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