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Durability and Fire Performance of Charred Wood Siding (Shou Sugi Ban)



Publication type:

Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Primary Station(s):

Forest Products Laboratory


Forests journal


Shou sugi ban, also known as yakisugi, or just sugi ban, is an aesthetic wood surface treatment that involves charring the surface of dimensional lumber, such as exterior cladding. The goal of this research is to examine the effect of shou sugi ban on the flammability and decay resistance of wood. Several species and variants of commercially available sugi ban were tested. The flammability was examined from the heat release rate curves using the oxygen consumption method and cone calorimeter. Durability was examined with a soil block assay for one white-rot fungus and one brown-rot fungus. The testing showed that the shou sugi ban process did not systematically improve the flammability or durability of the siding.


Hasburgh, Laura E.; Zelinka, Samuel L.; Bishell, Amy B.; Kirker, Grant T. 2021. Durability and Fire Performance of Charred Wood Siding (Shou Sugi Ban). Forests. 12(9): 1262.


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