Without a doubt, kiln-drying is the most important step in the manufacturing of a log home. This critical process of reducing a log’s moisture content ensures a quality product that will last over time. When administered properly, kiln-drying will not only remove excess moisture from the wood, it eliminates mold and fungi, insect infestation and provides a better base for stains and finishes.
At AFRICAN WOOD CC, we understand the importance of kiln-drying and take great care to ensure the process is properly managed. With three kilns in operation, AFRICAN WOOD CC dries its logs for a minimum of 30 days at temperatures that rise to 180 degrees, uniformly shrinking, sanitizing and stabilizing the logs. This period of time ensures that each log’s moisture content has been reduced to 19% or less. This results in the removal of as much as 10,000 lbs. of water from a typical log home.
AFRICAN WOOD CC is committed to manufacturing only quality products, and it is our goal to provide customers with the very best lumber available. Based on our knowledge and over 20 years of experience in the wood industry, we are confident that we provide the very best product because of our kiln-drying method.
- Kiln-drying stabilizes the wood.
- Kiln-drying, before the milling of the logs, maintains the quality of the logs.
- Most checks occur during drying.
- Logs can be turned during the milling, placing checks in such a way as to maximize the best possible finish.
- Kiln-drying kills wood-boring insects (beetles) and decay fungi (dead-standing pre-seasonal logs harbor both of these).
- Kiln-drying sets the pitch and prevents pitch bleed.
- Kiln-dried logs are lighter, thereby saving in the cost of transportation.
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- Minimum of 30 days in the kiln is required.
- Temperatures that reach 180 degrees.
- Lumber are monitored throughout the drying process according to our kiln-drying schedule.
- When criteria has been met several samples of the logs are cut and weighed.
- A moisture meter (probe) is used to check moisture content of these samples.
- With the correct moisture level achieved, the lumbers are placed in dry storage until milling.
- Moisture levels are checked once again during the milling process.
- Any log not meeting the correct moisture level is dropped out.
- To assure quality, logs and lumber are checked a final time before being shipped.