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 start of the milling process and which, up to now, have been almost worthless.
Drying the timber before treatment in this way is a step in ensuring our timber meets Highways Agency standards. The fact that we’re now able to do it in this way using the biomass boiler another milestone in our drive to ensure that no part of any log coming into the mill is wasted.