Where did you get you ammonia?Gene Howe said:Not sure about Aqueous Ammonia. I used Anhydrous Ammonia. When you consider that Anhydrous Ammonia has all the water removed and household ammonia is only 5% to 10% ammonia (90 to 95% water), it would seem that it may not work at all.
You should be able to find whatever info you require on fuming from these links:Want to fume a coffee table. Not sure if I can find aqua ammonia locally . How will hh do? Will it just take longer?
To add, fuming was originally used on mission and craftsman furniture. It tended to color white oak and red oak more consistently. It was abandoned as a commercial coloring process in the 1920's or 30' because of the danger to workers. The fumes from high strength ammonia were very dangerous as was the ammonia itself. Professional and commercial finishers now use dyes to get the colors they want on oak.I've used regular Parson's Ammonia before and it worked just fine.
Andy, fuming is done on oak to darken it. The ammonia fumes react with the tannin in oak and causes a browner color. Originally discovered when oak beams in barns were darkened by the fumes from horse urine.
I don't remember exactly, but it was cold. Not your kind of cold though! that's freezing cold.Ahhh crap. What temp were you trying it at? Going to be in the teens and single digits at night