Currently, there are not many homes that are heated with wood stoves anymore. But there are some places that still use fire wood to generate heat. For instance, my garage has a little cast iron wood burning stove that gets my work area nice and toasty. Quite a few of my friends also have cabins and shops that are heated with these little wood burning stoves and I have to say that they are Amazing!
What isn’t amazing is the time it takes to gather up enough wood, cup it up with an axe, and stack it all to dry. Some people have the connections to buy a chord of wood and bring it home. Still I’ve seen a chord of wood being sold for as much as $125.00 a pop. When the demand is high people can set whatever price they want. And again, this is where burning wood pallets becomes a great idea.
Wood Pallets as fire wood seems like an excellent idea, but people seem to have a few reasons why they wouldn’t want to burn wood pallets as firewood. Some people say that because the wood pallets are treated, you can’t burn them. Well most wood pallets are treated with heat. They stay in a fire kiln a little longer and a little hotter in order to kill off all the pests that could be living in the wood. Basically this means that the wood is already really dry and safe to burn.
The other problem people have is the nails that hold the pallets together. They are safe to burn and will not harm your stove. What they will do is make it a tough time to clean up the ashes later. To fix this I have come up with a solution and that is using a large magnet to pick them up. It’s fast and easy to get even the smallest nail out of a tight spot. Personally I don’t really separate the ashes from the nails. It’s easy for me to put them all in a bucket and bring them along when I go to the dump.
Having a truck or a way to get the free pallets back to your place is just about the only requirement to use wood pallets as firewood. Oh and a saw. You need a saw to break them down to your chosen sizes to fit your fire pit or stove. And to be honest, some time’s you do not even need a saw. If you’re having a bonfire, just toss another pallet on top!
Pallets have been around for a long, long time. Believe it or not, Skids (another work for pallets) go back as the 1st millennium B.C. Even the Ancient Egyptians used pallets to store their various supplies and food stores.
In our society, the substantial use of pallets began with the development of the forklift. Back in Word War II, pallets were critical in the logistics operations. As forklifts were used more and more, the general design of the basic shipping pallet, or skid, had to change. There are several patents starting from 1929 that continue to 1949.
What is really interesting about the pallet is where the modern designs come from. As it turns out, most improvements and developments were made during the war to increase productivity. At this time, forklifts were widely being used for the first time and people were figuring out that there was a better and faster way to pick the skids up. From this concept, the 4 way pallet was created. An interesting fact is that the 4 way pallet was not actually patented until after the war in 1945 by a Navy Officer named Robert Braun.
If you want any more information on pallets, I would suggest reading up on them from a credible source. Check out Wikipedia for some quality information:
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If you are passionate about recycling and saving the number of trees being cut down each year, then you will understand our why we use recycled pallets instead of manufacturing new wood products. The idea of reusing pallets is based on the concepts of recycling and auto reconstruction. The awesome thing about making your own pallet furniture is that you don’t have to poses any specialized skill or have a construction background. The pallets already have their own shape and structure. In some cases all you have to do is hook them together, paint them and your project is done! As well as you can usually find pallets around for free.
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More and more people are looking for ways to add style with urban and rustic undertones to their homes and living spaces. For years reclaimed wood has been a huge industry for custom furniture design with a high end price tag. Though very few people have the money to “invest” in costly custom furniture pieces made with antique wood. This is where the wooden pallet comes into play. It seems everywhere we look there are wood pallets, stacked up and ready to be thrown away. Along the way, someone came up with the idea to recycle these cast off resources.
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