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I use B+M's own Creocote which is very reasonably priced and for me is the best on the market unfortunately depending on your point of view it has to be applied by brush but I love the smell its no hardship to me,  I did the fence about 5 years ago so does need doing again.

just got wickes creocote light brown colour.

on sale just now cost £30 per 20l drum

my first time coating a fence

50m then another 50m on the oter ide

took 4hours

smells good and brings he grain out well so looks good and not too dark

I used a had pump type sprayer and saturated this virgin fence that I put up last year


suppose I have the option wether to re apply creocote or else paint fence when the tie comes again but I think paint will be messy and flakes over time


Not too happy with Creocote painted my fence last year and now its needing a repaint. I found the best way to cover it like Robert Bruce was with a garden spray pump as you can control the overspray easier but I use a respirator for safety.Thanks for the tip about quantity sold by Wickes might give it another try at that price as I need 20 ltrs for all my fences


Lucy Hawker. Why not go the 'whole hog' and use undiluted used engine oil? That way you can really do your bit to bugger the environment. Used engine oil is carcinogenic (have I spelled that right?) and very detrimental to anything that grows or breathes. That's why you are required by law to dispose of it at an approved recycling centre.


Fascinating, Potterngabout seems to have faith that it is better to scrap old oil, than get benefit from it. It is always better to recycle at source (especially when you realise most recycling is "not in my backyard" but ship overseas, and still burn it off).

So, if it improves the performance of the creocate, and hence reduces the need for re-coats, it must also reduce need for manufacturing (the really bad process from a green perspective), then it is FAR better to mix it and take care (gloves, and goggles), avoiding any plants, than persist in the belief that someone else actually will clear up your mess for you.




I have never held the belief that anyone will, or should, clear up for me. Whilst I completely and wholeheartedly believe in re-cycling or up-cycling I am also of the belief that there are products, either household or industrial, that shouldn't be used for a purpose they were not designed or intended for. As for the benefit to the environment by not scrapping old oil, do you really think that mixing a gallon or so every few years with creosote is really going to make a dent in world oil manufacturing? If it were healthy and environmentally sound do you think there would be the legal requirement to dispose of it at a proper facility?

Just out of interest, what do you do with your used engine oil?

I have used Creocote, and various other wood preservers, basically last couple of years then needs doing again. Creosote is the best solution smells a bit and not that great for the environment but used with care it is fine and it lasts. As a registered small holding plenty of online companies sell to the public as long as CPH number put in or you are a business that uses it. 


I have to confess I haven't read all the posts above, but I would recommend Sadolin.

I've used it twice in 30yrs on my cedar 'shed'. Last time was about 12yrs ago and it doesn't need re-doing yet

'not that great for the environment'

That's ok then.

Well, it was your comment, Potter - it just struck me as rather offhand. Anyway, the HSE website tells us all we need to know about creosote for amateur and professional use. Personally, I'd use something other than smelly creosote.

I love the smell of creosote, glad the new/safe versions retain the scent

So I have been using Creoseal (creosote substitute but it still looks and smells like creosote) - goes on well enough with a 4" block brush - has anyone tried using a sponge on a rough wood fence - I am only a third though and it took me an entire day for the first lot.  I am not keen on sprayers as the paint just stays in the air too long and rollers and paint pads don't seem to work very well.

I used to buy 'Clear Creosote' from B&Q but no one now seems to sell a 'Clear' Creosote. ??


I bought berry tine croecote substitute last year to put on all wood work around house , have rather a lot including decking which had 2 coats, it looked really good everywhere but a year later there is hardly any left on it as has gone back to the colour it was before I did all that hard work, it was expensive and a total waste of time so didn't even really last a year, am never using that again what a con and waste of money. The EU keep stopping everything that actually works , I'm sick of them! I really have not got the time to be doing woodwork every year and is costly, they probably made this rule so we all had to spend more money and work ten times harder! (Same with Henry hovers they only allowed a slower engine now because Poxy EU regulations ) I bet they have gardeners cleaners etc so they don't have to do jobs them selves :( fed up that I now again this year will have to do it all again another 2 weeks of my time ! I don't want to use anything that flakes off I want something like the old original creosote that lasted around ten hrs before re doing it all.. My advise I'd DO NOT BUY THE SUBSTITUTE BARRESTINE CREOCOTE AS IT IS A WAY BELOW and very poor STANDARD SUBSTITUTE! So unless you are prepared to apend all that money and redo it every year do not buy! 


that CREOCOTE is probably OK if you have tiny bit of wood to do, but if you have lots of wood forget it!,, 

:) yep lol 


OK, bring back creosote - cancer never really hurt anyone did it?

It wasn't banned by the EU but, like most things, by our own government.  Most of these 'EU did this, EU did that' memes are myths or blatent lies.

There, I've said it.

I use Creocote, apply it with brush, protect ground with newspapers and I buy it here: