Pressurized Wood

Discussion in 'DIY / Self Sufficiency' started by newcanaanchicks, Sep 2, 2014.

  1. newcanaanchicks

    newcanaanchicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Any issues with the chemicals used in PW if I want to use it to make a 3 sided bin?
     
  2. Sill

    Sill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pressure treated wood has arsenic in it, you don't want that leaching into your compost and garden! You can get cheap or free block off Craigslist and make your compost bins out of those. They last way longer than wood!
     
  3. moggie

    moggie New Egg

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    Arsenic is no longer used in PT lumber. A copper solution is used to deter insects and fungi. I still wouldn't use it for compost bin walls. Maybe use pallets?? Easy to find, usually free!
     
  4. newpioneer75

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    Pallets are a great way to go for making compost bins. I made mine years ago and they are holding up great. I would suggest trying to use oak pallets. They will last a few years longer than pine. You can always find free pallets behind businesses in industrial areas and warehouses. SO many uses for pallets. Cant go wrong with free lumber.
     
  5. ChaoSS

    ChaoSS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sure hope you are asking before taking those pallets, just because someone has something outside doesn't mean they are getting rid of it and doesn't mind people stealing their stuff.
     
  6. newpioneer75

    newpioneer75 Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, always make sure they are for the taking. I work for a local trucking company and if I need pallets and see a bunch somewhere I'll ask and come back after work and help clean up for them. I would say 95% of the time they are happy to get rid of them.
     

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