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post #21 of 23 Old 03-29-2019, 10:55 AM
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The pallet factory west of my place would not exist but for the big wood pellet mill right next door.
They both use the same log feed stock. It's clean wood (beetle kill) for everybody.
The pellet mill has no economic option to change pallet suppliers.


Here, we can't assume that we are sudrrounded by any kinds of sophisticated industry of any kind.
Imagine towns 50-100 miles apart and nobody at all has any reason whatsoever to live in between.
I know where you live. I used to live in BC. Your pallet wood is safe. Nobody disputes that.

Your point is that since it is known to be safe, you can use it.

My point is that "safe" and "pallet wood" are incompatible. We should not get comfortable with the idea of "pallet wood" inside our homes. Eventually the toxic and non-toxic sourced furniture will get mixed and people will get hurt. When they get hurt, the root cause may be nearly untraceable, because of the long time frames involved in chemical toxicity effects. The fact that people cannot easily differentiate contaminated toxic wood from fresh safe wood exacerbates the problem, because the furniture owners never knew it was toxic.

The idea of keeping toxic streams separate is not new and should be common sense. I have observed that these days, common sense is less common than it used to be. I have repeated myself three times in this thread. Those who get it, get it. Those who don't, won't.
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If I didn't know the source and history, freight pallets are always freight pallets.
Not worth any gamble at all.
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post #23 of 23 Old 07-07-2019, 08:49 PM
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I just had 14 pallets of retaining wall block delivered on pallets
When the wall is finished they will be be food safe
We intend to have a sandwich and beer from a safe distance as we watch them burn in a bon fire
Planning on roasting my SawStop hot dogs
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Cut it twice, measure once and it's still too short.
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