Creosote, is it still the awesumz of wood treatment?
So, assuming I can buy some (which I can) is creosote still the daddy when it comes to preserving wood outdoors? Ignoring all the blah blah about it killing a few insects and plants (there are plenty of both in the garden so I’ll not miss a few).
Is there something better, that smells as nice?
I’ve got a fence to do, and a few other bits of external wood that could do with being treated.Posted 4 years agotrail_ratMember
Ime yes , but with the caveat that it has to be original creosote. The pish they sell now in the sheds under the name creosote has had the stuff that made it awesome removed.
Jambo , i never really found it toxic but then i wasnt in the habit of licking fences and sheds …Posted 4 years agocotic853Subscriber
When I was a kid I creosoted our fences in a moment of summer holiday enthusiasm. It was a hot day and I kept wiping the sweat from my brow and face with my gloved hands not realising that creosote and skin don’t mix so well. I told my mates at school I fallen into a fire and burnt my face.Posted 4 years agorobdobMember
It’s illegal to use it.
It’s nasty stuff, very ecotoxic like permethrin and the like.
Please don’t use it. Take whatever you have to a council dump where they can dispose of it correctly.
As part of my job I attended an incident where several thousand fish were killed as a result of a spill of a similar substance, you don’t need much of it in a watercourse for it to have a devestating effect.Posted 4 years ago
robdob – Member
It’s illegal to use it.
Sorry Rob, but the advice on the HSE website contradicts that. It’s illegal to sell it to non trade or professional apparently. It’s still used by plenty of people.
If I do use it, obviously I’ll be very careful but on the basis of the comments above I see no reason to use something else that’s nowhere near as effective.Posted 4 years agoCountZeroMember
As part of my job I attended an incident where several thousand fish were killed as a result of a spill of a similar substance, you don’t need much of it in a watercourse for it to have a devestating effect.
That’s true of many things that are much more likely to find their way into a watercourse than a product that’s being painted onto fences and sheds. It’s far more effective than most of the shonky water-based stuff that’s supposed to replace it. About the only things that will suffer when a fence is being creosoted are the weeds that grow along it.Posted 4 years ago
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