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Manufacturers of hardwood pallets are faced with the prospect that they will be required to sterilize their pallets or pallet parts prior to export to Europe. The purpose of this factsheet is to give some insight into heat sterilization so manufacturers can make better decisions in the future.
In this wood products note, suggestions on how to select a proper target moisture content, conventional temperature schedules for quality drying, equalizing for a uniform final moisture content, and conditioning for stress relief will be discussed.
This wood products note describes how to equalize and condition lumber during drying to avoid problems such as warped or split panels.
The purpose of this wood products note is to help sawmills develop their own safety program.