PFI prepares cost & time efficient Solar Kiln for wood seasoning

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PESHAWAR, July 18 (APP): Pakistan Forest Institute (PFI) has
prepared a state-of-the-art cost and time efficient Solar Kiln (SK)
which will help promote country’s furniture industry.
The experimented facility is climate friendly and would help in drying
up of different sizes and types of timber, reducing cost and time applied in the traditional mechanisms.
Ghulam Mustafa Nasir, PFI Director Forests’ Products told APP that
it was like a Kiln Green House (KGH), which was very useful for seasoning lumber of different types and sizes in an efficient way.
Keeping in view the immense importance of SK for the industry, he
suggested its expension to the entire country for which PFI was ready to impart practical training.
Eleborating technical details of its functioning he said, the internal
temperature in SK would reach upto 70 degree centigrade in summer, 15 to 20 percent more from external temperature which would help early drying of the timber.
He said Pakistan was blessed with plenty of sunlight available
throughout the year and it must be utilized for the benifits of the people.
This technology, he said, due to automated system would also help
improve the quality of the seasoned wood.
Musafta said solar kilns of different sizes can be prepared as per
specific needs and requirements of the small or large industrial units for which his institute was ready to provide any assistance as and when required.
“The facility is capable to dry wood sleepers with one inch thickness in
10 to 12 days and 20 to 25 days are required for two inches “, he informed.
The technology was very useful especially in the monsoon seasons and
areas to protect the timber from fungus and termites’ attacks.
PFI is a public sector organization of KP, provides training to Forest
graduates selected from different provinces, besides conducting research work in diversified fields.