What is charred wood siding?

Charred wood siding describes nothing else but a special form of wood treatment. It can be considered as a type of wood coating or preservation. The wood is charred on the surface, charred and not burned. The most beautiful appearance and highest durability, are guaranteed by a high-quality processing.

Application

It is a very special way of processing, which makes the wood look special. The optical effect makes the wood appear very special. But it is not only the appearance, the reason for the surface treatment. Charring on the surface of the wood causes it to carbonize hydrothermally. This means that heating causes the volatile components to burn and only the remaining substances remain. This makes the wood waterproof, resistant to insects and therefore much more durable. It can therefore be regarded as a kind of case hardening for wood. This type of wood preservation is used for all visible wood panelling. This means that it is used for furniture (tables, boxes, chairs) as well as for house facades. Due to the improved durability, the wood is perfectly suited for external applications. Not yet very widespread in Germany, the Yakisugi variant from Japan has already established itself in the Asian region.

Process

Charred wood siding is carried out by wood processing companies with very specific knowledge. In the process sequence, the wood is first cut to size, as in the usual procedure, and then sanded. Unevenness and burrs are removed and the edges are chamfered. Then the actual process begins; the charred wood siding. It is important that the wood does not dwell in the heat for too long and that the heat is not too intense. Heat, pressure and duration are therefore the parameters or, if you like, the adjusting screws of the process. Depending on the duration and intensity of the heat, the wood develops its own charred wood sidingappearance and corresponding resistance to weather conditions. Only with the highest process stability can the best quality finally come to light. It is not recommended to do the charred wood siding yourself at home. Far too great is the unwanted fire hazard. In addition, there are companies that specialise in this field and that can carry out the treatment by machine in such a way that even the best craftsman cannot keep up. If you still want to do it yourself, there are many tutorials to see how to get the best results. Using a Bunsen burner, the simplest type of charred wood siding can be carried out. It is then much more like a kiss of the wood with the fire. Almost any type of wood can be treated with it. Every wooden profile and every dimension can also be subjected to charred wood siding. With thinner profiles, however, distortion must be expected. A further surface treatment after charred wood siding is not absolutely necessary. After a few years of use, the wood must be oiled regularly.

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Completely new design with Yakisugi

When you buy furniture, you can choose from different shades, but also from the classics such as oak, beech or spruce. But with Yakisugi there is a completely new kind of design. This can also be used very well in other areas. You can find out what distinguishes this design in detail in the following article.

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This is Yakisugi

As one might assume with the term yakisugi, it comes from abroad, more precisely from Japan. But it is not so much the origin of the term that is important here, but rather the meaning. This is a very old tradition from Japan, with which wood preservation takes place there. Here the wood is treated with a varnish or a glaze, as we know it, rather a burning of the wood. The burning takes place here, however, only in the beginning, which is charred the surface. There is no complete burning of wood. By burning the surface of the wood, a so-called carbonization occurs. This makes the surface of the wood not only waterproof, but also more durable due to the charred layer and also provides protection against insects and wood pests. Of course, this method always raises the question of which woods it is suitable for. But there are almost no restrictions here, so they can also be applied to European woods.

Versatile possibilities through Yakisugi

The Yakisugi method is suitable for many different ways due to its properties. This method is suitable for furniture construction. To give the furniture away from the classic workmanship, a completely new design. Treatment with fire, not only the surface of the wood changes very much. Especially since this change in the surface can also differ greatly depending on the wood. This means that you always have a slightly different design. The color is also predetermined by the burning of the upper layer, namely always black. And you can’t overpaint that or anything like that. Yakisugi, also known under the related terms Shousugiban and Japanese burned wood, enjoys a great popularity.

Outdoor Yakisugi

However, this method is not only suitable for furniture construction, but also, for example, for outdoor wood panelling. Here you can benefit above all from the advantages such as water resistance and durability. And that you don’t have any effort afterwards, for example, that you have to regularly renew the wood protection. Which can be another advantage of Yakisugi. As good as the advantages of this method are, one must of course always bear in mind that it involves a great deal of effort. If you have to flame each piece of wood individually so that this charring can occur.

If you want to have some additional information regarding this topic, you can easily have a look at the following articles:

Shousugiban – Asian Origin

An old and unique technique with wood