Heat treating is a process that is used to eliminate the presents of pests in the lumber that we use to build pallets. We have two large propane fueled heat treating kilns, each capable of treating an entire load of pallets at one time. The heat treating process is a required for pallets that are going to be exported outside of the United States. We load the pallets into one of our dry kiln built by kiln-direct. The pallets are heated up until the internal temperature of the wood reaches 140 degrees Fahrenheit and remains that way for thirty minutes. Each heat treatment process is recorded in a report that is recorded by a computer program that ensures that the treatment was done according to the IPPC and ISPM standards. After the process is complete each pallet is HT stenciled with an IPPC issued stamp. The stamp includes the IPPC’s wheat symbol, a number that represents the country of origin (XX), the facility code (000), and the inspecting agency (YY). We have our facilities and process inspected monthly by The Missouri Forest Products Association.
Tharp Pallet Company is one of the best vendors we have. They are always friendly and always get our orders here on time. They always accommodate us the best they can when we put a last minute order in and never act like it’s a burden. The pallets are great, never have a problem with them holding up. You can’t go wrong with Tharp Pallets.