Yakisugi (Shou Sugi Ban) Frequently Asked Questions

Paying homage to the centuries-old Japanese technique of yakisugi “shou sugi ban,” Bandon Burn is Oregon’s premier charred wood product. Using only the best Port Orford Cedar from the Coquille Valley in southwestern Oregon, Bandon Burn – with its striking ebony hue and incredible texture – is a distinctive, weatherproof product suited for exterior cladding as well as interior paneling. This beautiful wood is an extraordinary combination of ancient technique and modern style, and one that the architectural design community will embrace for decades to come.

Yes, yakisugi is suitable for all climates that wood siding can be incorporated.

Yakisugi can be installed horizontally, vertically and even diagonally.

Yes, yakisgui can be used for interior paneling, this popular design element is currently in high demand and elevates the esthetic of the entire room.

The standard dimensions of Bandon Burns shiplap pattern is .688” thick with a 4.875” face, and a 5.25” overall width. The lap is 3.75”.

We recommend using an experienced carpenter or siding specialist.

Yes, Bandon Burn can apply a penetrating flame retardant application (as opposed to a topical application). 

Yakisugi is installed in a similar manner as other solid wood shiplap products.

We recommend 2” headed, ring-shank stainless steel nails for both interior and exterior applications. 

BANDON BLACK will shed soot over time on an exterior but the erosion is so gradual that you will never notice. Most yakisugi is installed prefinished, which bonds any loose soot to the surface with the oil stain. To reduce shedding, wipe the wall down after install with a sopping wet rag to clean any soot residue from the install, or simply let a good rain or two wash it off.  Otherwise surface soot is never an issue due to prestain finish. 

NEWPORT GRAY can be installed without a prestain finish so it will be sooty for several months. To reduce soot, please request our prestain finish.

GOLD BEACH, similar to Newport Grey, will shed soot but to a less extent. To reduce soot, please request our prestain finish.

Note that since Port Orford cypress has tannin content, on an exterior application there is always a chance the tannins could bleed out from rain. This can temporarily stain a lighter color underpinning below the wall. There is a chance tannins could leach out during the first several months, but after a year this process should be complete.