Advantages of Steam Conditioning | A Meredith Schneider Company | United States
During the vacuum drying portion of the steam contioning process, water boiling out of the wood creates pathways for the preservative to easily penetrate the wood resulting in no penetration issues.
None of the poles become case hardened during the process which means that the surface of the pole is easy to penetrate for the preservative as well as climbing gaffs.
The Soft pliable surface of the steam conditioned pole results in the wood maintaining the flexibility associated with the Southern Yellow Pine tree that it is produced from.
The steaming process avoids case hardened and brittle surfaces. This makes the pole more resistant to failures due to sudden impacts
No advanced or accelerated drying system has a longer history of proven performance than the steam conditioning process. Kiln drying didn't become popular until CCA entered the market.
The characteristics of steam make it THE ideal means for heating. The steam transfers heat by condensing on surfaces, which lowers the pressure where it is condensing; this attracts more steam to the cooler areas. This self correcting trait of steam is unmatched by any other heating media.
The bleed free surface of the finished product as well as very low air emissions during the conditioning process makes our steam conditioned pole very green among the greenest wood alternatives.
The natural characteristics of steam results in nearly all of the energy being transferred to the wood. The only drying method more efficient than steam conditioning is air drying.