Influences of Diameter and Wood Moisture on Quality of the Preservative Treatment

ABSTRACT Were evaluated the effects of moisture content and diametric class in industrial treatment quality of Corymbia torelliana and Eucalyptus grandis x Eucalyptus urophylla fence posts. 108 fence posts were used, 36 treated and 18 non-treated, with 2.20m long and moisture content of 15 to 20%; 20 to 30%; and 30 to 40% and diameters of 8 to 10cm; 10 to 12cm; 12 to 14cm. For treatment, were used 2% active ingredients of CCA-C, initial and final vacuum 550 mmHg (30min), pressure of 11 kgf cm-2 (1h). The fence posts were evaluated by electric meter that was adequate to estimate the moisture. Satisfactory penetrations were obtained and the biggest retention was reached in fence posts with moisture of 15 to 20% (8.23 kg m-3), however, the moisture content of 30 to 40% was also suitable for the treatment of wood, getting values higher than 6.5 kg m-3.