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Pure Wood

Instead of treating wood with arsenic, Bay Tree Technologies heat treats it. Bay Tree is located in Memphis, but their first kiln is in Terra Haute, Indiana. Right now they’re only making 1.25″x5″ decking. They say the process reduces expansion/contraction by 80%.

From EBN:

In a multistep process lasting 50–60 hours, Bay Tree first heats lumber to about 210°F (100°C) for preconditioning and drying. A second stage of heating boosts the temperature to between 370°F and 480°F (190°C–250°C), which chemically transforms sugars in the wood into forms that cannot be digested by insects or eaten by decay organisms. Then steam conditioning restores some moisture to the wood. By comparison, conventional lumber kilns operate at about 165°F (74°C)…

All PureWood boards are suitable for outdoor above ground and ground- contact applications and carry a 25-year warranty—even in ground-contact. The product can be painted, stained, and sanded just like conventional wood…

PureWood is fairly expensive, likely because of the high energy costs involved. Bay Tree Technologies is positioning PureWood as a high-end decking product, similar in price to the “tropical” composite products, such as Trex Brasilia and TimberTech Earthwood, or to clear redwood, according to Long. This price is significantly higher than that of conventional copper-treated decking. Long says that costs may come down somewhat with competition (as other thermally modified wood products enter the market), but he doesn’t think it will ever be cost-competitive with chemically infused wood.

Dealers in our area:

Mountain Lumber Company of Boone-Banner Elk, Inc.
9877 Hwy 105 South
Boone, NC 28607

Wilson Lumber
Old Hwy 64
Murphy, NC 28906

Local Lumber

Table by Meyer Wells
Table by Meyer Wells

Meyer Wells has been getting a lot of press lately. They cut and mill the wood for their furniture from city trees that would have been turned into firewood or mulch otherwise.

Nathan Schomber and Bill Tilson are trying to get Treecyclers off the ground here. They’re trying for the NC Green Business grant so you probably saw them at the workshop. They have a Woodsmith mill, and they’ve been milling city wood on a contract basis. However, they have more free wood than they know what to do with, and they want to start selling large slabs to use as counter tops or massive furniture. They need a knuckle boom, a kiln (solar first, then a vacuum kiln later), and a place to store slabs of wood.

Sarah knows somebody in Brevard that’s already doing this.

They’re not ready to supply us right now, but ‘d like to see if we can hook up with them to supply a lot of our timbers, flooring, and trim. There’s other mills around, but I like the salvaging city trees angle.

More about Meyers Wells: Jetson Green

More about Tree Cyclers: Stowe Boyd