Loading the Kiln

That’s another batch of timber loaded onto the trolley, all ready to be rolled into our kiln for the final stage of the drying process. This load has Elm from Insch, Cherry from Durris, Oak from Blackburn and Sycamore from Daviot.

The wood has been air drying for about two years and is destined to become furniture for our very patient clients.

The kiln gently heats the timber to around 32 degrees C which causes the remaining water in the timber to evaporate. There are eight fans which circulate the warm moist air and a dehumidifier which slowly extracts the water vapour from the air. Drying the wood slowly is important.

To begin with, a load like this will produce at least 15 litres of water a day but after several weeks, this will be down to about 3 litres of water a day and the timber will be ready for use.