Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQ’s

The service life of Blue Ribbon agricultural wood products varies due to applications, climates and different circumstances .  Posts generally have a service life of over twenty years.  TruStakes lack sapwood and have a much shorter service life of 12 to 36 months.  Freeze cycles, watering techniques, soil type, and fertilizers all have an impact on longevity.  

We recommend AQUA SEAL - CCA, AQUA SEAL - CA, AQUA SEAL - ACQ,  and AQUA SEAL - ACZA depending on the wood fiber and end use application.  For additional treatment information see our table on the  AQUA SEAL® Recommendations page.

No. Typically the sap wood absorbs the preservative to a point and not into the heartwood of the post.

We suggest you seal any cuts or holes made after pressure treating with a brush on preservative. There are copper napthenate preservatives available on the market, and your local paint suppliers may have other options.

Our Blue Ribbon Peeled posts and Poles are run through a debarker and sorted by diameter sizes that allow some taper. These allow for more sapwood to be left on the post that helps with preservative penetration and retention during pressure treating. Peeled post diameters are specified by what is the smallest and largest diameters you should have in one inch increments. For example, a 3-4” diameter should have nothing smaller than 3” and nothing larger than 4”.

Our Blue Ribbon Dowelled Posts and Poles are run through a doweller to a uniform diameter. A 3” dowelled post should measure 3” from end to end.

3-4” Peeled 100 pieces per unit

4-5” Peeled 70 or 75 pieces per unit

5-6” Peeled 50 pieces per unit

6-7” Peeled 35 pieces per unit

7-8” Peeled 25 pieces per unit

* 16' and l onger lenghts may have less pieces in the unit

We ship regular flatbed trucks that haul 48,000 lbs. or maxi trucks that haul roughly 64,000 lbs. Maxis trucks are not allowed in all US states due to weight restrictions.  The number of units per truckload decrease in the winter months due to heavier post weight, snow and ice, and trucks carrying chains. Typically we figure 18 units of 8’ or 144 lineal feet on a regular flatbed truck.  Maxis  trucks get 24 units of 8’ or 192 lineal feet.  

Talk to your sales representative about your specific needs. Often it is possible to ship less than full truck quantities. Your salesman will know if the logistics can be worked out. Typically buying in full truck quantities will give you the most economical pricing and guarantee the quickest delivery.

Lodgepole pine grows abundantly with little taper. They are an economical fiber source and the slight taper provides consistent post sizes. The species treats well and allows good penetration and retention of the preservative.

Yes. We also distribute cedar and juniper posts and timbers that can be used untreated in organic agriculture and landscaping.

Lodgepole pine has a high strength-to-weight ratio and is well known for its working properties. The wood dries rapidly with small dimensional movement and little tendency to check. It is relatively easy to work, with good machining qualities. 

Consistent size, minimum taper, little excessive cracking, and little to no bark are visual attributes of Blue Ribbon treated posts and poles and can be easily assessed.

The majority of roundwood is treated in an enclosed cylinder that uses a series of vacuum and pressure cycles to allow the preservative to penetrate the wood. This process is called “pressure treating”. The American Wood Preservers’ Association (AWPA) sets the standards for this process and constant, and consistent monitoring must be practiced at the treating facility to produce a properly treated product.