Dry Timber That Truly Meets Your Specifications
From the West Coast’s Pioneer of Heavy Timber Drying
For many projects, green timber meets all the design needs. When engineering or aesthetics dictates a more reliable, predictable and dimensionally stable product, FraserWood provides superior timber drying services that assure a higher standard and the rock-solid conviction that the product you specify is the one delivered.
In 1997, FraserWood founder Peter Dickson recognized the need for drying large solid-sawn timbers. With a newly acquired Radio Frequency Dryer, he adapted the existing microwave technology to achieve that goal. Those early efforts and subsequent success have established FraserWood as one of the world’s leading authorities on Radio Frequency Drying of heavy timbers.
Three Levels of Excellence
Faced with the industry’s uncertainty of what constitutes dry timber along with competition from less-advanced drying service providers, FraserWood has made it clear and simple for clients by offering three levels of “dry.” These options allow designers and engineers to confidently specify the appropriate product:
FaceDry™ Timber: Maximum 19% moisture content 1-1/4" from the surface. For uses where a finish, such as paint or stain, will be applied to the timber or log. The member is dried in FraserWood’s conventional kiln promoting acceptable performance of finishes and coatings and is comparable to most of our competitors' definitions of "kiln-dried."
HeartDry™ Timber: For applications with strict engineering specifications and higher performance expectations, such as commercial projects or for high quality timberwork where finishes and joinery must look just as good 5 years after installation as they did the day installed.
This timber is dried "to the heart" in FraserWood’s specially designed Radio Frequency kilns to maximum 19% moisture content 3 v in toward the heart of the timber. This assures the designer, engineer and builder that the average moisture content is below 19% and that the product’s performance will meet expectations for safety and serviceability.
HeartDry15™: Maximum 15% moisture content three inches in toward the heart of the timber. For use in more extreme circumstances, such as those in very dry North American localities where year-round relative humidity will typically remain at or below 30%. Fraserwood achieves this specification through increased dwell time in our radio frequency kiln.
The Attributes of FraserWood Dry Timber
- Crafted from superior western woods timber
- Graded for peak performance
- Exceptional stability and connection capacity
- Custom requested levels of dry
- FSC certification available
- Widths: Up to 50"
- Depths: Up to 50"
- Lengths: Up to 60'
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FraserWood Dry Timber Options:
FaceDryTM - The exterior faces have been dried to a 19% maximum moisture content to a minimum depth of 1-1/4".
HeartDryTM - Dried to a maximum 19%
HeartDry 15TM - Dried even further,