In general, the Canadian sawmill industry is facing an increase in the proportion of fir in its supply of the spruce, pine, and fir (SPF) species. This is putting pressure on the drying process because fir takes longer to dry than spruce and pine. Losses in value, due mainly to underdrying and over-drying, are commonly noted for fir.
A brochure summarizing the results of previous work and good practices that can be adopted in the short term to improve the drying of this species has just been published.
The brochure is for the exclusive use of FPInnovations members only; to get a copy or for more details on the various services offered by FPInnovations‘ wood drying group, please contact the following persons: Vincent Lavoie and Marc Savard (Eastern Canada), or Ciprian Lazarescu (Western Canada).