Category: treated timber

Our war on waste keeps us warm as toast (and kiln dries the timber!)

Outside, it’s a cold and extremely wet November day. Inside, the shed is kept at a fairly constant 20 degrees thanks to the biomass boiler which also fires the kiln into which we’re busy loading another charge. The boiler burns the butt chips which are peeled off the bottom of the log at the very… Read more »

Sound solutions in Steel City for Heras

Since its formation in 1952 Heras has grown into Europe’s leading end-to-end supplier of perimeter protection solutions. It operate in 6 countries and employs more than 1200 highly skilled staff serving blue-chip customers across business, community and industry sectors. Their aim is to be recognised as Europe’s premium perimeter protection brand, proven by reliability, commitment… Read more »

Look what we did

There aren’t many sawmills with the skills and ability let alone the willingness to cut posts like this: 200mm square post with a tenon cut at 100mm square. The mortise is in the support for the roof of a car port so precision was the order of the day. Whilst most of our production is… Read more »

Ransfords mountain bikers on top of the world

We were very pleased recently to co-sponsor (with Euroforest) the Forestry Industry Mountain Bike Challenge, even more pleased to take part with two teams from Ransfords, and simply delighted to take first and second place. The challenge involved seven timed stages on a 14 mile course at Llendegla in Wales – pretty gruelling stuff  against… Read more »

500th load goes through our new Timber Treatment Centre

Less than 6 months since it became fully operational, this is the 500th load of timber being sent into our new fully automated Timber Treatment Centre, one of the most advanced of its kind in the UK. Built at a cost of £2.75 million, the new facility has dramatically increased the efficiency of our treatment… Read more »

Independence day? We have our own anniversary to celebrate!

It is 41 years to the day since the Evans Family of Bishop’s Castle stepped in to save the sawmill from bankruptcy. Alan Evans and his older brother Brian bought the mill for just £100 but along with the mill  came £1.5 million of debts to the bank and trade creditors. Every penny of that… Read more »

A closer look inside our new Timber Treatment Centre

This sequence shows untreated timber being loaded outside the new Centre then being moved across the floor towards the autoclave. As the untreated timber enters the autoclave a treated load which has been ejected earlier and left to drain is moved back across the floor to exit and then be stacked prior to delivery to the… Read more »

No part of the log shall be wasted

This is almost an 11th commandment for people in the timber trade and it’s as important to Ransfords as anyone. The more material we recover from every tree felled the more efficient we are and the more competitive we can be. This short clip shows small diameter round wood (the thinner part at the top… Read more »

An astonishing transformation

These two aerial view of our Bishop’s Castle sawmill were taken about 50 years apart in the 1960’s and earlier this year. We’ve circled two points common to each to help you get orientated. They’re about all that remain of the original buildings. The rest in the modern picture is the result of well over… Read more »

Noise reduction on the M1

This picture shows our Noisewall single side reflective panels currently being installed by Littlewood Fencing on the M1 in the East Midlands between Junction 23A and 25. This huge project is one by Costain Galliford Try Construction to convert this stretch of road into a Safe Motorway. The re-purposing of the hard shoulder to take running traffic of all sizes… Read more »

The new Timber Treatment Centre from the air

When the autoclave was craned into our new Timber Treatment Centre last week it was quite spectacular: a crane rated  with a lifting capacity of 400 tons hoisting a 52 ton object through the building frame and placing it exactly in position 16 metres away. Hats off to Sam Cook of Tremio Aerial Photography who flew the… Read more »

Big lifts, with more to come

Nine weeks almost to the day since the first structural steel arrived on site the huge tanks which will store the chemicals used in our new Timber Treatment Centre have been hoisted into place. Next to go in will be the massive autoclave, the vessel into which the timber is placed for treatment under extremely high pressure. We’ll… Read more »

A hive of concrete pouring activity

This is the scene at our new Timber Treatment Centre today as the mixer wagons arrive to pour the concrete floor. It’s a pivotal moment in the construction: once the floor is set we can get on with the process of installing the autoclave, other equipment and the services which will make this one of the… Read more »

First structural steel arriving for our new treatment plant

With any building project there seems to be a long gap between the first idea and having anything on the ground to show for it. Our new treatment plant, which has been months in the planning, is no exception so it was great to see the first structural steels arrive on site. The new plant, which… Read more »