There's actually quite a bit of science behind fire. A fire itself is the result of a chemical reaction known as combustion. This means a type of fuel and oxygen react with one another and their atoms rearrange themselves irreversibly. For this to occur, the fuel must reach its ignition temperature, and combustion will continue if there is enough fuel, heat and oxygen. These three elements are frequently referred to as the "fire triangle."
Fire is the visible effect of the process of combustion, a special type of chemical reaction. Even if you didn't know any of that, you probably know one basic fact: fire burns wood. Everyone knows that wood is flammable. It's what we use in a bonfire, after all. But, what if wood could actually be made fire resistant? Is this even possible? Yes! In order to really understand how, we need to go back to the fire triangle. To stop a fire, one of the three elements of the fire triangle must be removed. For example, if a fire runs out of fuel, it will smoulder out. If you can cool a fire down and it no longer has heat, it will go out. As well, if the oxygen is removed it will suffocate. This is why putting a lid on a candle nearly immediately puts out the flame.
Fire is always a danger to wooden structures. If you have wood you don't want to turn into a bonfire, like a wooden fence or shed, it's worth looking into how to make it more fire resistant. We have an entire section of our website dedicated to fire retardant products made specifically for wood. From there, you can decide whether you want products made for interior wood, like FX Lumber Guard retardant for Interior Wood, or exterior wood, like Firefree WUI Exterior Fire Protection System. We have small bottles of Additive for Fire Retardant Paint, all the way up to 5-gallon buckets of WT-103 Clear Coat Fire Retardant. We even offer 1DS Fire Retardant for Tiki Thatch and Bamboo for your backyard tiki hut! Whatever you're looking for, we'll have it available in our online catalogue!
It is important to note here that while this won't make the wood entirely fireproof, it will give it enough resistance to allow you to quickly put out the flames before it spreads. The difference even a few minutes makes can be huge when it comes to putting out a fire and stopping it's damage. The 1DS mentioned above is designed to penetrate and effectively fire retard open and closed cell structures. When the treated material is subjected to an open flame, the retardant will pyrolytically self-extinguish fires with minimal smoke. That's pretty amazing!
We encourage you to browse our website in order to find the exact product or products you're looking for. While we can't make it impossible for your wood to light on fire, our products will drastically improve the amount of time you have to react to the danger of fire.