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Heat Treated Lumber For Intl. Shipping, Might Need A Kiln?4/12
So I'm shipping a gazebo kit just like this one, over to France so I need everything built from suitably kiln dried lumber, I thought.
This is all KD clear wr cedar, my supplier gave me a certificate saying it was all dried to to an average 14% moisture, but French customs is saying I need another certificate, that's this pdf I attach.
not sure my supplier can supply this other Cert, so if not could I get all these pieces kiln dried locally, brought up to a certain Temp, whatever? Anyone else had to deal with this problem before? The cedar shingles are all even kiln dried.
Even if they'd accept that,
how would I find a kiln in the San Diego area? Darn I hope this doesn't turn out bad ..
The question is not if the wood has been kiln dried, but if the wood reached the critical temperature of 133 F throughout. That is, many kilns dry at 115 F maximum.
In the US, the kiln operation needs to be certified to assure that the temperature of 133 F is achieved throughout the wood. So, kiln drying is not enough, even if you know that they went to 160 F in the kiln cycle...the kiln needs to be certified and records kept.
You can likely pay for fumigation at this point.
Oh, that doesn't sound too bad Gene! What type of fumigation are we talking about, and would it effect the cedar at all, like discoloring, or it's taking a finish once it gets over there??
In the US, fumigation is done at the port.
Can you give me any more Info on the fumigation Gene, or point me where I can get more Info? I'm in the San Diego area.
I think the only country in Europe that still accepts fumigation is Turkey. The rest of the EU requires heat treating for most things. We (nyle) have a customer near you that does heat treating. Send me your particulars and I will send it to them and they can contact you. It probably will only take part of one day for the whole kit to be done in a kiln. I think it can be done for less than $1 million.