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exterminate

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221 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question poplar black poplar

Just came back from my local hardwood supplier, and saw some wood labeled “Black Poplar”. I’ve never heard of it before, and was curious to see if anyone’s used it, what they used it for, and what they might have thought about it. According to the guy in the warehouse, they take regular poplar, stick it back in the oven and cook all the sap and sugars out of it, and it turns a dark brown, similar to, but darker than, walnut (but not nearly as pretty). He said it makes the wood insect and rot resistant and good for decks. Cost was between 5 and 6 per bf for 4/4 S2S.

Thanks,
David

-- Albert Einstein - "I'd rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right."


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#1 posted 221 days ago

Ive seen it called “torrified” up here in New England.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#2 posted 221 days ago

Thank you! Never heard of it before, but was able to search “terrified lumber” to get more answers. Seems interesting…Thanks again.

-- Albert Einstein - "I'd rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right."

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#3 posted 221 days ago

I use roasted maple quite a bit in my projects—I think up here they call it “thermally modified”. It has some interesting properties.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#4 posted 221 days ago

I’ve heard of it before, but never seen it for sale. This might help.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Populus_nigra

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#5 posted 221 days ago

Terrified lumber is lumber waiting for me to butcher it, poorly. Torrefied lumber is heat-treated lumber, e.g. “roasted maple”, etc.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#6 posted 221 days ago

In my case, terrified is probably accurate. Lol. Oops!

-- Albert Einstein - "I'd rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right."

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#7 posted 221 days ago

I’ve seen it at one of the hardwood dealers in my area. It’s marketed as thermally modified lumber

-- paxorion

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