Green lumber is lumber that has not been heat treated or kiln dried. A green lumber pallet is a pallet built with unseasoned lumber.
The biggest indicator of green lumber is moisture content.
Typically green lumber pallet components have a moisture content above 30%. With enough time and optimum weather patterns, air drying can lower moisture content. With time and special kilns to dry it out, kiln dried lumber has a moisture content below 19%. Lower moisture content reduces the opportunity for mold growth on pallets.
So, is there a benefit to using a green lumber pallet? Yes...
The disadvantage of green lumber pallets is the high moisture content.
Really, anything related to water – mold, mildew, rust and staining can occur where lumber interacts with the product placed on the pallet. Green lumber pallets cannot be used in certain food applications where the product could be compromised with moisture. If your product is affected by moisture, you should avoid green lumber pallets.
Industries that generally use green lumber pallets are:
Is there any application or project where you would consider a green lumber pallet? We would love to hear your thoughts. Share with us by commenting below.
Post by: Jonathan Haynes, Nelson Sale Representative
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