There are many factors governing the correct drying of our unique Australian hardwoods. Just because timber is old doesn’t necessarily mean it is dried to suit the application required. In fact some of the old bridge timbers we recycle contain more than 30% moisture, even after 70 years in use!!!! So correct kiln drying procedures are vital.
When timber arrives at Kennedy’s we carefully strip the timber out and leave it to air season in our purpose-built warehouse until Equilibrium Moisture Content (EMC) is reached - this process can take anywhere up to three years. Only after this point is reached are our detailed kiln drying procedures implemented.
Kennedy’s uses state-of-the-art kiln drying procedures. The kiln drying technique is a 12 step process and it is our policy that this is always completed before the timber is supplied to a customer. We never rush these procedures so you can be guaranteed any kiln dried timber you receive from Kennedy’s will have undergone our rigorous testing procedures.
At Kennedy’s we understand that it is important your timber is dried to suit your requirements and the environment in which it will be placed. We are often asked to dry timber to suit a particular environment. Some recent examples include the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane and the new Hilton South Wharf in Melbourne.
Kennedy’s on site testing laboratory at Narangba is used to constantly check the unique kiln drying and timber processing procedures of all our timber. The standards we use for all our testing comply with the National Association of Testing laboratories procedures.
We have an experienced team of staff dedicated to these essential stages including the stripping, drying and testing for all our timbers.