We have used both borax treated and un-treated bamboo on a few projects now in South East Asia. We have a new project in Laos and would like to treat the bamboo but don't want to import borax etc that the local community would not be able to afford and therefore copy.
I've read that submerging bamboo in sea water is another traditional treatment of bamboo. How long-lasting will the bamboo be using this treatment?
What's the notion of this harvesting technique? Cut green culms and place them in a 5 gal. bucket with 3 gals. of a 10 % solution of Timbor (a borax / boric acid solution) in water. This happens in the grove for a month.
From what I’ve read thusfar, it seems that chemical treatments will be most effective, and I am searching for a solution that will be environmentally safe, to both nature and the inhabitants. Any recommendations, especially with regards to being situated in southern Ghana (a hot and humid climate with two distinct rainy seasons each year)?
After building our house with local wood (Azobe and Padauk) we would like to build a house with the local african bamboo that indigenous people calls "China Bamboo". We will submerge the bamboo poles in water for one month, but can we also protect the poles with common chemical products for wood protection like 'Xylophene'?
I have a question regarding bamboo treatment. I want to use bamboo poles as structural elements in my ranch but we have water sprinklers to keep certain crops fresh all year. How can we treat the poles in order to keep it in use at least 6 years buried in soil inside the wet ground? Poles will be buried 3 ft in the ground.
I have read your article about poles and the durability of bamboo but do you think it would be feasible to treat bamboo for use as posts in vineyards? I live in the Margaret river wine growing region of western Australia where thousands of CCA treated pine posts are used.