🕑 Reading time: 1 minuteSeasoning of timber is the process by which moisture content in the timber is reduced to required level. By reducing moisture content, the strength, elasticity and durability properties are developed. A well-seasoned timber has 15% moisture content in it.
Methods of Seasoning of TimberThere are two methods of Seasoning of timber which are explained below
- Natural seasoning
- Artificial seasoning
Natural Seasoning of TimberNatural seasoning is the process in which timber is seasoned by subjecting it to the natural elements such as air or water. Natural seasoning may be water seasoning or air seasoning.
Water SeasoningWater seasoning is the process in which timber is immersed in water flow which helps to remove the sap present in the timber. It will take 2 to 4 weeks of time and after that the timber is allowed to dry. Well-seasoned timber is ready to use.
Air SeasoningIn the process of air seasoning timber logs are arranged in layers in a shed. The arrangement is done by maintaining some gap with the ground. So, platform is built on ground at 300mm height from ground. The logs are arranged in such a way that air is circulated freely between logs. By the movement of air, the moisture content in timber slowly reduces and seasoning occurs. Even though it is a slow process it will produce well-seasoned timber.
Artificial Seasoning of TimberNatural seasoning gives good results but takes more time. So, artificial seasoning of timber is developed nowadays. By artificial seasoning, timber is seasoned with in 4-5 days. Here also different methods of artificial seasoning are there and they are as follows.
- Seasoning by Boiling
- Chemical seasoning
- Kiln seasoning
- Electrical seasoning