Processing Wood The Wood Processors Tool Kit supports the expansion of the wood processing industry in PNG. We're creating a one-stop source of information for the public and private sectors.    

DryingHigh-value wood products will only be successful if the material used in the their production is of a high quality and meets the performance requirements expected under a wide range of service conditions. Wood drying is a key component of the wood processing value-chain; it not only consumes the largest amount of time and energy but in terms of value adding it also controls a high proportion of the potential profit or loss. In PNG, wood is also commonly attacked by borer beetles and termites that degrade dry timber in storage, as well as timber products in service. Careful consideration of the gluing characteristics of timbers for specific wood product applications is also critical. The following timber drying and preservation resources are currently available:

  • Technical factsheets for drying and protecting wood in PNG
  • Best practice manual for wood drying in PNG
  • Technical reports on wood processing research undertaken in PNG


Technicial factsheets:

These 2 user-friendly workshop pamphlets are an output of the ACIAR Project: Development of durable engineered wood products in PNG and Australia:

  • pdf Kiln Drying Factsheet  - Outlines the critical steps for delivering timber dried to the required moisture and stress conditions, with minimal degrade (refer to the Best Practice Manual below for technical details).

  • pdf Pest Protection Factsheet   - Outlines practical options for treating timber in PNG from harvest to mill (refer to the Pest Protection Prescriptions Report below for technical details).


Technical manuals:

This best practice manual has been written in a concise style with simple tables, line drawings and photos, and is an output of the ACIAR Project: Development of durable engineered wood products in PNG and Australia.

  • pdf Manual for Wood Drying in PNG  - Provides sawmill owners and operators with best practice guidelines on drying timber in PNG, together with practical recommendations for improving workplace safety and housekeeping.


Technical reports:

These 8 technical reports are outputs of the ACIAR Projects: Development of durable engineered wood products in PNG and Australia and Enhancing value added wood processing in Papua New Guinea.

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