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Sugar-Coated Wood

 
Do you love the look and durability of tropical hardwoods but hate the idea of destroying the rainforest? The Norwegian based company Kebony has found a solution. Their "kebonization" process is a non-toxic treatment that gives softwoods that exist outside of the rainforest like maple and pine the strength of teak and ipe.

The kebonization process involves soaking the wood in furfuryl alcohol, a waste byproduct from sugar cane, that is completely non-toxic, unlike other pressure treating methods. The resulting wood can be used for siding, roofs and decking and is so strong the company claims roofs built using it can last 30 years.

Alas, the company has not yet opened an American office. Until then, the material must be imported from Europe. Kebony, come to the U.S.!



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Sugar Wood

09/28/2009 08:09 AM 697295a

It is always great to see a process that uses something otherwise known as a by-product. Recycling at its best.

Way to Kebony!!!!

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09/29/2009 10:37 AM carlsa

Wondering if the infusion of furfuryl alcohol affect the flammability of the wood?

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Kebony and Fire

10/06/2009 02:14 PM KebonyDoug

Carlsa,

The wood is no more flamible than natural wood and when burned it has the same emmission profile as natural wood. The building block of plant material is Furan. The Furan is extracted from plant fibers and it is distilled into Furfural Alcohol, an organic monomer. We put this back into the lumberand cross polymerize the wood fibers and the organic monomer into a new cross linked polymer strand. At this point there is no alcohol remaining in the material.

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Kebony - here we are, Dave -in the US now

10/06/2009 10:47 AM KebonyDoug

Dave,
We heard you calling and we are now here in the US! We are currently shipping direct to many customers, contractors and larger projects where we have been specified. We are developing regional suppliers with one near you - depending on where you live. Contact us below:
1 888 914 9995
1 540 904 6781
www.kebony.com/boardwalk
www.kebony.us.com
Builder@kebony.us.com

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mmmmmm.....sugar....

10/15/2009 06:37 PM NeilPearl

Do they make woods with similar treatments for say, kitchen cabinets, or is this a strictly exterior process?

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Sugar-Coated Wood

04/26/2010 02:11 PM closeout

This would be cool if they kitchen cabinets with them.

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Sugar-Coated Wood

06/29/2010 10:16 AM lbcontractor

As a roofing contractor I have actually had experience with this product. Very strong and looks great. Its good to use something that is a result of recyclables

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