Why use an autoclave for wood treatment?

Ventx has the skills to assist businesses in all kinds of noisy industries. Our goal is to provide solutions to maximise noise reduction so the risk to people and the environment is lower. To do this, we design all kinds of silencers for different systems and plant. Clients can come to us for an autoclave silencer, models for vents and pipelines, and much more.

Wood is one of the oldest building materials in the world. It remains popular today in many parts of the world, particularly for timber frame building. In addition it is a great choice for fencing, decking, furniture, and more. However, it has a downside. The durability and resistance to moisture and heat can be an issue.


One of the best solutions here is to treat the wood. It can enhance the durability and water resistance to make materials last longer. Treatments can also mean that fungus, pests, and dirt won’t quickly damage the timber. A good treatment can make even low quality woods last much longer in tough settings.

The process of treating wood dates all the way back to Ancient Greece. Here some people would use olive oil to soak it. Roman shipbuilders would use tar on hulls to preserve them. Later came the development of all kinds of preservation solutions, including creosote. Today there are oil, water, and light organic solvents to do the job.

A major change in wood treatment came in the 19th century. Here manufacturers began pressure treating wood. These processes would involve boiling and/or baking it. The idea was to reduce moisture and make the wood fibres less appealing to pests.

In time autoclaves became one of the best options for treating wood. They can reach very high pressures and ensure the steam will penetrate deep into the timber. A system with different tanks can effectively apply wood preservatives and biocides too.

Noise issues

While autoclaves are efficient and effective, there is an important caveat with their use; they can create a lot of noise. Any process that uses high pressure steam can be noisy. This is especially true when it comes to venting. Luckily, you can choose an autoclave silencer. A bespoke one can match the equipment you are using, reducing the noise effectively.

There are lots of different things you can do here when it comes to silencers. For example, you can add them to vents or pressure vessels. Or you can use them with pumps, safety valves, and even heat exchangers. In many cases a suite of solutions will provide the best results.

Speak to us if you need an autoclave silencer

Whether you have a small piece of equipment or a huge industrial model for treating large batches of timber, you can rely on us if you have noise problems. Ventx is one of the best experts in our field. The solutions we offer are industry leading and offer a huge amount of value. They can protect people, meet environmental standards, and even boost performance with some systems.

So, if you ever need an autoclave silencer, speak to us. You can get advice and recommendations, and we can even answer any questions you may have.