Looking for the best in dry Douglas Fir timbers? Ask for COREDRY® from Elk Creek Forest Products!
COREDRY®, specific to Elk Creek Forest Products, is sourced from the highest quality, dense fiber and carefully dried to consistently provide the stability, performance and appearance you demand.
The timber selected for this unique drying process comes from the most premium Douglas Fir logs grown in the high elevations of the Pacific Northwest’s Cascade mountain range. This slow growing fiber is characterized by it’s fine, dense grain that tends to be more stable than that of rapidly grown trees found in other regions. Only timbers graded as #1 or better and are free of heart center (FOHC) are chosen for the COREDRY® process.
In order to be stamped “KD” (or Kiln-Dried), American Lumber Standards (ALS) seasoning provisions allow kiln dried lumber to have a maximum of a 19% average moisture content measured at 1” penetration. COREDRY® timbers are dried in conventional steam kilns in a proven, controlled process that requires lower temperatures along with increased air flow and conditioning time. The COREDRY® process can take two to three times longer than the typical kiln drying process needed to meet ALS requirements, but ensures a timber with a more stable, consistent moisture content from surface to core. This method experiences less shrinkage, warping, twisting and bow than other dry products on the market.
COREDRY® timbers enter the kiln as full sawn rough (FSR) and experience, on average, 3% shrinkage in the process. Upon exiting the kiln after the drying process, initial moisture meter readings will vary from surface to core, but will equalize over time and produce an even moisture content throughout the timber. Elk Creek’s quality control process includes testing each kiln charge to ensure satisfactory moisture levels have been achieved.
Starting with the highest quality fiber, slowly conditioning the wood, and strictly supervising the process for quality control, all combine to make the COREDRY® stamp secure and provide a quality, lasting product. You can be confident in the performance and appearance of your dry timbers, beams and stringers.
Elk Creek stocks COREDRY® in a full range of sizes from 3×4 through 12×18 and can custom dry larger sizes to your specifications. COREDRY® is available in full sawn rough, band-sawn or surfaced (S4S) textures, and is also available FSC® certified. For more information about COREDRY® products, please call our sales office.