Produced from ash (Fraxinus excelsior), the most prolific white wood in our mixed woodlands, and enemy of the keen gardener, Brimstone Ash is the most popular item in the range. Once prized for its strength and flexibility, ash was one of the staples of the British furniture making industry. However with the demise of the furniture industry ash trees are in much less demand and often go to waste.
Of all the thermally modified hardwoods on the market, ash is the most popular. The strong grain and deep dark chocolate colour (think 70% cocoa) offer a fantastic alternative to tropical hardwoods. The majority of the thermally modified ash on the market is from either the US or mainland Europe. Brimstone Ash is produced from ash logs sourced from English and Welsh woodlands, the majority of which are within 100 miles of the Vastern Timber Sawmill.
Being the hardest and strongest of the Brimstone range, the ash is suited to the widest variety of end uses. Brimstone Ash is ideal for cladding and decking, and in both cases offers a local alternative to imported and particularly tropical timber species. However when designing pieces remember the product is more brittle than natural wood and may require different jointing and gluing techniques.
Like all thermally modified timber, Brimstone is durable above ground but it will not last well when in contact with the ground.
Produced to comply with the harmonised standard for construction products regulation BSEN14915:2013 and to conform with BS8605-1:2014 External timber cladding: Method for specifying.
|Trade Name||Brimstone Ash|
|Base timber||English ash|
|Process||Thermal modification. 210 degrees centigrade.|
|Origin||Legal and well-managed forests in England and Wales.|
|Intended use||External cladding|
|Other uses||Decking, external joinery and furniture|
|Appearance||Consistent dark chocolate brown colouring with a clearly defined grain pattern. The colour is further enhanced by the application of a clear oil such as Osmo UV resistant oil.|
|Weathering||The modification process removes most natural extractives resulting in relatively consistent weathering largely free of staining. Weathering to a grey colour occurs more quickly than on non-modified timber.|
|Profiles||All machined profiles|
|Dimensions||20 x 95mm, 20 x 120mm, 20 x 145mm|
|Lengths||Random. 1.5 – 3.0mt+|
|Moisture content||2-4% (Moisture content is stable in exterior conditions)|
|Natural durability (EN350-2)||Durable* Class 2 (Based on European testing)|
|Insect attack||Thermally modified wood is resistant to insect attack when used above ground contact.|
|Desired service life (BS8417)||Occasionally wet 60 yrs*
Frequently wet 30 yrs*
|Resistance to impact*||Medium to high|
|Resistance to fixing||High. Modified wood is brittle and should be treated with care.|
|When to fix||Year round. Very stable in all conditions.|
|Grading||BS1186-3 1990 Class 1. EN942:2007. J20. CE grade A. Clean with a few small sound knots.|
|Working properties||Thermally modified woods are more brittle than untreated wood. Care should be taken when cutting and nailing to prevent chipping and break out. Pre-drilling is advised. Test glues before large-scale use. Water based glues do not work well. PU glues have tested well. Otherwise treat as a normal hardwood.|
|Extractives||The modification process involves no chemicals and any natural chemicals in the wood are removed during the process. Thermally modified wood can be treated as inert.|
|Emission of formaldehyde (EN14915)||E1 (Not significant)|
|Reaction to fire (EN14915)||Euroclass F (Untested). D-s2, d0|
|*Brimstone products will be tested in 2017 to establish accurate data for durability, stability and strength. For now we base our information on European and American testing of similar products.
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