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Stairs made from reclaimed barn beams
Wood and organic materials

All about wood

...wood takes its fair market share. Where to buy wood: Wherever you live in Canada, there is without a doubt wood being harvested not too far away. If you wan...

Timber frame construction
Wood and organic materials

Wood frame construction

...wood (when dry) is made up of carbon, which remains in the wood even after it has been harvested. It has thus been shown that using one square metre of wood in ...

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding
Exterior cladding

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding from Japan, what is it & how to make it?

...wood: There is a related wood treatment called torrefied wood or thermo-modified wood , where milled planks are baked in a high-temperature oven. Virtually al...

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...woodburner or wood burning stove will only give as much heat as the wood itself is able - so the choice of firewood and how it has been seasoned or dried and st...

Wood Combustion - How it works and the different stages
Wood stove and biomass heat

Wood Combustion – How Firewood Burns & How to get the best heat while being eco-friendly

...wood combustion, where instead of producing heat, heat is absorbed as water trapped inside of the wood is turned into steam and removed from the wood by being b...

White pine floors finished with Rubio Monocoat, a zero VOC durable oil
Flooring and stairs

Sanding your own wood floors

...wood floor again, something that you mop or vacuum once a week. Floor preparation, the first step to the perfect wood floor Before attempting the refinishin...

Wood pellet stoves that don't need electric ideal for off grid operation
Wood stove and biomass heat

These wood pellet stoves for off-grid heating don't need electric to operate

...wood stoves, they are closer to gas stoves in the emissions they produce. To read more about the wood combustion process and to understand how to burn firewood ...

Non-toxic food safe wood finishing oil for counters, floors, decks and toys
Healthy indoor air quality

Naturally made non-toxic wood finishing oil

...wood finishing oil can even be used on childrens toys © Livos Kunos is an impregnating wood oil that acts as a dye, sealant and finish; it bonds with ...

Concrete, wood and steel structures compared - Timber Frame wins!
Materials and resources

How wood structures compare to steel and concrete for Carbon Footprint

...wood products from sustainably managed sources, and most wood product suppliers now offer a wide range of FSC-certified products. Wood stands out as an environm...

wood ceiling in Reclaimed sunken lumber
Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces

Wood Ceilings or drywall - how to choose your ceiling material & what's the difference in cost?

...wood ceiling. The aesthetics of drywall compared to wood ceilings: Clearly my bias has been established; I like wood ceilings . I find those moments when yo...

High efficiency fireplaces and how to choose one
Wood stove and biomass heat

Choosing the right wood-burning stove or fireplace for both heat output & the environment

...wood pellet stove by reading here . Built-in wood stove or freestanding wood stove: Built-in wood stoves look more like a fireplace from the days of old, on...