Burnetized wood

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Wood treated with Zinc chloride. Burnetized wood was used for outdoor construction, bridges and railroad ties. This is a 19th century preservation process that is no longer used because zinc chloride is water-soluble and leaches out of the wood over time.

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 888
  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996