Are all (any?) pallets treated? I had someone telling me recycling pallet
lumber was a bad idea since they were treated and the sawdust or even smoke
from burning, was toxic.
I looked at several sites that sell pallets and I can't confirm this. It's hard
to believe the manufacturer would spend the money to treat a pallet and then
not sell that process as a value add to their product.
I do understand there are different grades of pallet but they don't seem to
want any of them back that have block, sod or mortar shipped on them. Some look
like pine but others are oak.
On 29 Dec 2003 04:36:31 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Greg) wrote:
You never really know. Some are treated, others not. Not only pine
and oak, but I have walnut, ash, beech, maple, cherry, and several
other wood types I have not identified. You might be able to detect
preservatives by cutting a small piece of the wood and (carefully)
Some of my favourite pallets are the ones used to ship paper for printers.
Because an uneven surface on a pallet will transfer to the paper making it
wavy and unusable by printers, these pallets usually have a surface without
any gaps. This means more wood per pallet. If the paper is shipped in bulk
as opposed to in cartons, then the pallet has a matching top that takes the
stress from the steel straps. I am still working on my stash of pallet
"lids" that I gathered up over a few years in a printing plant. This
particular paper mill shipped their paper on pine pallets. The caps or lids
were 7/8" thick pine boards ranging from 8 to 12 wide by 42" long. They were
easy to disassemble. While there are often large knots, areas of dry rot and
splits, the good portions have ended up in many jigs, small projects and
small framing and supports throughout my house. The bad portions that I cut
out become kindling for my wood stove.
Check out a local printer. This would be someone who uses large sheets, not
the pre-cut letter sized sheets that come in small cartons.
Some might be, I guess. Treated wood is usually pretty obvious though, and
I haven't seen anything that looked like treated lumber after 10 years in
the workforce doing jobs that involve moving goods on pallets. I've seen
them made out of everything from pine to MDF too. (MDF pallets suck, BTW.)
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