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Title: Improving exterior performance of thermally modified timber (TMT)

Source: Research In Progress FPL-RIP-4723-038. Madison, WI: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory. 2 p.

Author(s)Aro, Matt ; Donahue, Patrick ; Kirker, Grant

Publication Year: 2019  View PDF »

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Category: Research In Progress

Abstract:  Thermally modified timber (TMT) is a popular product in European markets, where increasing restrictions leave fewer options for durable wood to be used in construction (Militz 2008). TMT is a nascent but growing market in North America, with an increasing number of producers each year (Sandberg and Kutnar 2016). TMT presents an excellent opportunity for wood utilization in moderate exterior exposure, such as elevated decking, exposed vertical handrails of bridges, and horizontal cladding. This potential pairs well with the USDA Forest Service commitment to hazardous fuels reduction and improved utilization of urban forest timber in that target species could be converted into value-added products through thermal modification.

Keywords: Thermally modified timber (TMT); biodeterioration; wood protection; durability; alternative treatments for wood

Publication Review Process: Non-Refereed (Other)

File size: 1,024 kb(s)

Date posted: 02/26/2019
RITS Product ID: 93665
Current FPL Scientist associated with this product
Kirker, Grant
Research Forest Products Technologist

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