The residents fear that the inhalation of creosote fumes, which have an odor like scorched tar, is yet another route of exposure in an already toxic environment.
We learn that the Cahuilla Indians in the Mojave Desert, where we are, inhaled the vapors from boiling creosote to treat respiratory infections.
However, the chemical often used to preserve the wood, coal tar creosote , can present some problems.
The common wood preservatives are creosote , penta-chlorophenol in oil, and copper and sodium napthanates.
‘I'm going home to creosote the fence,’ replied Shearer.
The smell is due to creosote deposits in the chimney, a natural byproduct of wood burning.
Yesterday, kept waiting for the rain to stop so I could creosote the new step my neighbour replaced on the terrace, but I kept getting the timing wrong.
I've been bathed in creosote in Utah by a Native American Indian.
An original child's rocker is also kept here, which has been in the family for over 150 years, and is dosed with creosote in an effort to preserve the wood.
Avoid using wood treated with creosote or penta, as the vapors can injure some plants.