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Forum topic by exterminate posted 12-16-2013 06:33 PM 720 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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exterminate

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12-16-2013 06:33 PM

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 12-16-2013 06:35 PM

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 12-16-2013 08:45 PM

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 12-16-2013 08:57 PM

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 12-16-2013 09:55 PM

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 12-16-2013 10:03 PM

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 12-16-2013 10:06 PM

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 12-17-2013 03:24 AM

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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