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Post  Chuck d'Argy 9/20/2021, 5:25 am

Does it matter what "kind" of linseed oil you use on wood? For instance raw seems to be preferred, but why not "Boiled" or whatever else there is?
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Post  OhioGardener 9/20/2021, 8:29 am

Chuck d'Argy wrote:Does it matter what "kind" of linseed oil you use on wood? For instance raw seems to be preferred, but why not "Boiled" or whatever else there is?

I haven't used linseed oil for years, and would not use it in my gardens.  But, none-the-less, just be aware that the term "boiled" is somewhat misleading when it comes to linseed oil. When linseed oil is listed as Boiled, it means they added solvents to make the oil dry faster, as if it were "boiled" and thinner. Raw is therefore preferred for wood preservative since it is given more time to be absorbed by the wood.

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Post  yolos 9/20/2021, 2:58 pm

I use raw linseed oil on all my raised beds.
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Post  sanderson 9/21/2021, 12:25 am

Do you use it on the inside, also? Does it slow down dry rot? I'm guessing it doesn't do anything about termites?

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Post  Chuck d'Argy 9/21/2021, 1:21 pm

Why not use something to preserve the wood if there is no net effect on the veggies?

Thanks for the definition of boiled!!! I should've known it was something like that.

Does anybody do anything towards wood preservation that isn't harmful?

What about the metal raised beds, or other materials like cinder blocks, or, or, or??

Yolos: I read your post, I am just trying to get answers to questions I didn't know I had until about 10 minutes ago.  Thanks for your response.
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Post  Yardslave 9/21/2021, 2:21 pm

If a sealant is applied to the wood in hopes of preserving it, it must be applied on all sides to prevent intrusion, as any water inside the wood will have to vent or it will cause rotting as trapped water will encourage wood rot.
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Post  sanderson 9/21/2021, 2:48 pm

Yardslave wrote:If a sealant is applied to the wood in hopes of preserving it, it must be applied on all sides to prevent intrusion, as any water inside the wood will have to vent or it will cause rotting as trapped water will encourage wood rot.
That's what I was thinking. It's better to not create a trap for moisture and instead let it dry/evaporate.

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Post  yolos 9/22/2021, 11:28 am

sanderson wrote:Do you use it on the inside, also?  Does it slow down dry rot?  I'm guessing it doesn't do anything about termites?
Yes, I use raw linseed oil on all sides of the bed.  I cut the wood to the proper size and then apply at least 3 coats of linseed oil to all sides and then assemble the bed.  I keep adding linseed oil to the boards until they no  longer absorb the oil.  I THINK it helps postponing rotting.  Some of the beds I built in 2012  are still standing.  They needed to be replaced a couple of years ago because they are deteriorating but they are still standing.  I used 2" x 10"or 12" pine boards.
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Post  sanderson 9/22/2021, 6:07 pm

yolos wrote:
Yes, I use raw linseed oil on all sides of the bed.  I cut the wood to the proper size and then apply at least 3 coats of linseed oil to all sides and then assemble the bed.  I keep adding linseed oil to the boards until they no  longer absorb the oil.
Do you use a brush?

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Post  yolos 9/22/2021, 6:43 pm

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Yes, I use raw linseed oil on all sides of the bed.  I cut the wood to the proper size and then apply at least 3 coats of linseed oil to all sides and then assemble the bed.  I keep adding linseed oil to the boards until they no  longer absorb the oil.
Do you use a brush?
I used to rub it in with a cloth but changed my method now.  I use a brush sometimes but mostly I use a smooth roller.  After a few coats the wood stops absorbing the oil and then I use a cloth to  wipe any leftover from the wood with the cloth.
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Post  has55 9/29/2021, 7:13 pm

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Chuck d'Argy wrote:Does it matter what "kind" of linseed oil you use on wood? For instance raw seems to be preferred, but why not "Boiled" or whatever else there is?

I haven't used linseed oil for years, and would not use it in my gardens.  But, none-the-less, just be aware that the term "boiled" is somewhat misleading when it comes to linseed oil. When linseed oil is listed as Boiled, it means they added solvents to make the oil dry faster, as if it were "boiled" and thinner. Raw is therefore preferred for wood preservative since it is given more time to be absorbed by the wood.
this is a good website that explains linseed oil. I use it on my buildings.
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