What is timber seasoning?
Timber seasoning is a controlled process during which timber is allowed to dry out prior to being used in construction. Avoiding the use of moist wood in construction projects is very important for a number of reasons, making this process key to the quality of timber builds of all types. By reducing the water content of wood by around 15 percent through the removal of bound water, as well as the free water found in the various crevices of the wood, a whole host of benefits prevail.
What is the difference between seasoned and unseasoned timber?
Timber seasoning is important and beneficial to the timber industry and for use on construction projects for a number of reasons:
- Reducing the moisture in the timber used in construction projects allows for a higher quality of finish on the constructions.
- Constructions using seasoned timber are much more durable and reliable, with much higher longevity than those constructed from timber with high moisture levels.
- The safety of constructions using seasoned timber is higher and more reliable thanks to their sturdier, withstanding properties.
How does the process work?
The process of timber seasoning is one that can take place either out in the air, or within special wood-drying kilns; a particularly effective solution which provide the timber with the optimum levels of heat and air flow required for the drying process – both of which are crucial factors.
For both of these processes, the timber has to be cut down to size before being stacked within these structures or out in the open to ensure the flow of air around each board.
Depending on the environment in which you are carrying out the timber seasoning, the process can take different lengths of time. In the outdoors, the drying process can take between 6 and 9 months to reduce the moisture content to just 25 percent, whereas this amount can be achieved within a kiln in a much shorter period of between 2 days and a week.
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