Wood drying

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Sawmill optimises timber drying

Making the most of a heated situation Finnish sawmill company improved its energy efficiency by 22 % Major savings were achieved by investing in new continuous drying kilns and related heat recovery and control systems Versowood is a Finnish timber and wood products company. Among its production...
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Drying out the timber not the profits

In a sawmill process, wood drying is a critical stage that can determine the end-product quality. When wood dries, it can suffer from bending, cracking, hardening or discoloration, and if not optimised, the drying stage can result in damaged products. Between 10-12 % of each kiln load can end up as...
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Timber drying: top loading

Top loading is an effective method to reduce the twisting of timber during drying. Top loading can be applied using weighted blocks, such as concrete, laid on top of the timber stacks loaded in the kiln, or using pneumatic or hydraulic pressure frames, that are pressed into the top layer during the...