Innovations in the treatment of Southern pine heartwood
M G Sanders, T L Amburgey, H M Barnes
Whereas the sapwood of southern yellow pine (Pinus spp.) is readily treatable, the heartwood is essentially impermeable to preservatives such as chromated copper arsenate (CCA). Preliminary studies at the Mississippi Forest Products Laboratory indicate that increases in penetration and retention of preservative in pine heartwood can be obtained by subjecting kiln dried dimension stock to varying mechanical stresses using the patented TASK Process machine. The TASK Process machine incorporates varying levels of compression and/or vibration to mechanically stress lumber.