Our mill’s equipment includes an Alaskan Sawmill of 105″ Wide, 1-12″ Thick, 4-50′ Long Cuts . A 3000 BF solar wood Kiln and a 10,000 BF Hardwood Dehumidifier Kiln. Vakari produces very high quality natural edge wood slabs that are kiln dried to 4% moisture content ready for finishing . This drying process helps control the moisture in the slabs so cracking will not continue as it would if the wood were manufactured ‘green’.
Without a doubt, kiln-drying is one of the most important steps in the manufacturing process. This critical process of reducing a log’s moisture content ensures a quality product that will last over time. When administered properly, kiln-drying will not only remove excess moisture from the wood, it eliminates mold and fungi, insect infestation and provides a better base for stains and finishes. We understand the importance of kiln-drying and take great care to ensure the process is properly managed. We place each piece in a custom made kiln, drying our logs for a minimum of 30 days at temperatures that rise to 180 degrees celsius, uniformly shrinking, sanitizing and stabilizing the logs. This period of time ensures that each log’s moisture content has been reduced to 4% or less.