I bought some firewood a couple of years ago that arrived on pallets. I
asked the company about exchanging them against future purchases, but they
were not interested. The response was burn'em.
So I'm cutting them up today and the one sure looks like PT lumber, but
there is no tell tale ring where the wood is cut. But the wood sure looks
greenish on the outside. But it's a little hard to tell under all that dirt.
The second pallet is much heavier and must be some kind of hardwood. Doh!
This one is definitely not PT. The rails on this one were very tough to cut
with the Sawzall. The one pallet is painted blue and the other red, if that
makes a difference. Just the manufacturer I gather.
That's exactly what I was going to say. Be careful if you mill or
burn the wood. I know a guy who owns a pallet factory, and some of
the treatments they use are clear, some are colored, so it's hard to
tell if the wood has been treated.
On Sat, 07 Oct 2006 15:50:01 -0400, Bill Stock wrote:
I have seen a lot of pallet wood the past few years. They are generally
made from whatever point-of-origin wood that is cheap and semi-strong. That
means that there are a lot of poplar boards out there with green heartwood
holding up lighter loads.
As 'the maintenance guy' in my plant I had a lot of free time and once in
a while I would not only not have enough work for myself, but they would
give me an assistant! The same guy every time. Not horribly bright, not
likely to follow instructions and possessed of the memory of a 3 year old
who's just been told 'no'. But he could handle a pry bar and hammer,
albeit very, very, slowly.
I ended up with a LOT of curly tamarind (auto parts from Brazil), some
decent white oak and even the occaisional 3x4 of walnut (from variopus
parts of the world). Tamarind is WAAY hard (about 3x that of oak) but in
its native country (Brazil & India, generally) is considered suitable for
rough construction only. Pallets = rough construction. Curly = mine.
Depending on the source of the pallet, there is a real chance that the
heavy pallet is either tamarind or oak. Look for a pinkish color and wood
that WILL -NOT- RELEASE THE DAD-BLASTED NAIL! That's tamarind. It has the
color of pink ivory, the grain of curly maple and strength that (I think)
has to be experienced to be believed. I hung on to a little more than a ton
Then again, I am not looking at the wood, you are, and I could be 100% off
Sat, Oct 21, 2006, 3:21am (EDT+4) email@example.com (Bill) doth stateth:
<snip> Then again, I am not looking at the wood, you are, and I could be
100% off the mark.
Totally wrong. Pallets are only made out of popular.
Do the math. Pallets are free. Free is popular. Free wood is
always popular. Therefore pallets are always made out of popular wood.
It's not hard, if you get your mind right.
- Granny Weatherwax
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