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Since it keeps coming up, I thought I'd just go ahead and talk about it.

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Pallets & Chemicals.

Pallets are made in all sort of sizes & materials. But if a pallet is made of wood, there's concern that it may harbor bugs. In order to prevent this, pallets are either treated with chemicals (which apparently scares 1 or 2 people.) (that was a tiny joke. . .) OR the pallet is heat treated.

Both of these methods get the job done and are indicate on the side of the pallet with the IPPC logo. Chemical treated pallets would have "MB" stamped on it, while heat treated pallets are stamped with "HT" Easy enough!!

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So when searching for pallets, it's probably a good idea to go with ones that were not chemical treated, but heat treated. And you might want to stay away from food stores as your source for them as well because you never know what sort of rotten food has been sitting on them.

If you like the look, but still aren't sure about a used pallet, you can make one of your own with 2x4s and 1x4s like Jennifer did at The Little Things.

Another option is to buy them new. I'm sure you can do an internet search, but one source is Uline.com where you can pick your size AND they are heat treated. However, they do have a minimum order of 5 pallets. . ..

So there you go! I don't know much about them, but you now know as much as me!! And again, if anyone gives the bed a try, I would LOVE to see it!

Hope you had a great 4th!!

Comments

david:

Other concerns are what might have spilled on the pallet through multiple reuses.
Every town that has some manufacturing companies will have local pallet manufacturers. It seems to be an easy business to get into so there are lots of them around.

May 27, 2015

D:

Thanks for showing me what to look for! I love the pallet bed!

May 27, 2015

Anke:

The pallet bed is such a gorgeous idea and looks just fabulous! Thanks a lot for posting the tutorial and this info. I just hope that the pallets here in Germany have similar stamps O_o

May 27, 2015

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