Kebony is considered a dually-modified wood, which means it’s both chemically- and thermally-modified. That happens through our proprietary process called furfurylation.
Furfurylation is a process that is used to make wood stronger and more durable. It involves adding a chemical called furfuryl alcohol to the wood, which reacts with the fibers in the wood to create a new type of molecule called furfural.
The process of furfurylation is a little bit like cooking. Just like when you cook food, you need to mix the right ingredients together and heat them up to the right temperature for a certain amount of time. In the case of furfurylation, the right ingredients are wood and furfuryl alcohol, and the heat and time are carefully controlled to make sure the furfuryl alcohol reacts with the wood in just the right way.
When the furfuryl alcohol reacts with the wood, it forms a new type of molecule called furfural. This molecule is very strong and helps to make the wood much more durable. It also gives the wood a dark, rich color that looks beautiful.
One of the best things about furfurylation is that it makes wood last a lot longer than it would normally. This is because the furfural molecules help to protect the wood from water, insects, and other things that can damage it. This means that decking, cladding and other Kebony products will last for a very long time, which is great if you want your project to be sustainable and built to last.
Another benefit of furfurylation is that it is a very green process. This means that it is good for the environment because it doesn’t produce any harmful gases or chemicals. It also uses FSC-certified wood sources from responsibly-managed forests.
Overall, furfurylation is a really interesting and useful process that helps to make wood stronger and more durable, and the reason Kebony is dually-modified. With Kebony combining both strength and sustainability, it’s a win-win for everyone.