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#1 posted 04-22-2017 11:58 AM

Only experience have with any wood burning are all those plywood hooch’s stayed in Vietnam. Think from the smell used kerosene as the final finish in-out side. Not sure who built, burnt, or finished inside those hooch’s.

From everything read about “SHOO-SUGI-BAN”, wood either unfinished or coated with natural oils. While Japanese used specific species of woods no word on type of oil other than natural oils.

If don’t want wood to look like ebony refine your burning, cleaning technique and leave unfinished or use a natural oil. Don’t actually know if Shoo-Sugi-Ban treated wood will darken with age when expose to UV rays. Natural oils can be drying normally used as wood finishes like Linseed, Tung, and Walnut oil. The only drying oil that affords any protection from water or moisture is Tung Oil if apply enough coats. There are other drying oils too just too many to list same is true of non-drying, or semi drying you could use.

Mineral oil (petroleum base) is a not drying oil finish I use for anything make for food safe knowing has to re-coated with use & time. Have no doubt would work on a Shoo-Sugi-Ban project in or outside as long as re-apply as needed.

-- Bill

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