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Packs air drying at our mill

 

 

Large Diameter Veneer Grade Teak log being Quarter Sawn

Our Premium Grade Burmese Teak lumber is milled only from selected large diameter old growth first grade logs specially and personally selected for straight grain and good colour. We break down and saw our own logs prior to importing in slab form. Unlike all other suppliers here in Australia we retain total control over the quality of the finished product from the log down. 

The outcome is Teak of a quality that has not been seen in this country for many years.

After Breaking down the logs the teak boards are straightened, thicknessed, precision stickered and stacked.  Our teak is carefully air dried to around 12% in the core. This prevents any chance of case hardening and subsequent warping common in rushed through kiln dried Teak.  You are welcome to carry out any test or inspect our premises and stock. We have various demonstration test pieces and a certified moisture meter on hand.

Generally our lengths are too long for any kilns here in OZ so are initially left in the weather then covered to fully air dry for anything up to 24 months or more.  

Proper air drying also usually shows up any issues or  potential cracks or shakes in the timber prior installation or service and avoids case hardening during the final Kiln Drying process.

Case hardening as a result of improper drying damages and internally stresses the teak.  It  occurs when the timber is prematurely kiln dried with a core moisture content above 28%.  Teak MUST be equalized or semi air dried prior any kiln drying.

Damage is caused by expansion within the core when the timber is heated in a green or wet state.  Abuse of the timber in this manner causes the outer section of each board to prematurely dry leaving the core retaining very high moisture levels.  This process further complicates the stresses within the timber as whilst the casing is shrinking, the wet core is still trying to expand.  A common cause of microscopic stress cracks (not usually visible to the naked eye) and ultimate premature failure of the timber.

 ALL OUR BURMA TEAK IS PROPERLY and GENTLY DRIED.  IF YOU DO NOT SEE STICKERED AND STACKED PACKS OF TIMBER DRYING OUTSIDE OR INSIDE AT YOUR SUPPLIER, ASK QUESTIONS.  CHANCES ARE THEY ARE NOT DRYING THE TIMBER PROPERLY, AND LIKELY, THROWING IT STRAIGHT INTO THE KILN.

Our drying and cutting processes allow us to produce very long lengths up to 7+mtrs.  It enables timber yachts, cruisers and dinghy's to have decks with fewer butt joints and apart from looking fantastic one less joint is one less failure point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Log being cut in our Breakdown Mill

 


 

 

 Log being cut in our Breakdown Mill

 

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