Torrefaction is an artisanal technique that has been used for centuries to enhance the esthetic and physical features of wood. Since torrefaction compares favourably with chemical treatment of wood, there is ever increasing interest in the many industrial applications for this process. This straightforward, entirely natural process increases the durability and stability of wood, while enhancing the esthetic value of individual wood species. This heat treatment increases the density of the wood, improves its dimensional stability and gives it rich, balanced overtones similar to the look of exotic wood species. Torrefied wood is a totally natural product. Be the first to offer this superior product, which has all the hallmarks of a market leader. Torrefaction involves heating wood at relatively high temperatures to improve the properties of the wood without the addition of chemicals or toxic substances. The process is different from heat treatment in that it is done in an oxygen-deprived environment to prevent the wood from igniting, which means it is possible to heat the wood to temperatures of between 160°C and 245°C. At these temperatures, the molecular structure of the wood is altered, enhancing some of the wood’s physical properties, specifically its colour, dimensional stability and resistance to fungal decay. More efficient than drying, torrefaction eliminates the water and sap present in the wood, along with the adsorbed water contained in the wood cells, reducing the moisture content of wood to practically 0%. The MEC torrefaction kiln maximizes productivity, is easy to use and perfectly safe: High capacity wood load Ranging from 3,000 to 5,000 fbm depending on the thickness of the wood. Durable construction in 304 grade stainless steel Resists corrosion and inclement weather, delivering exceptional durability. Efficient thermal insulation Improves working conditions and minimizes workplace accidents. High performance centrifugal fan Prevents steam and smoke from infiltrating the workplace. Track loading system Facilitates kiln loading and unloading. Computerized control system Ensures precision quality control. Off-gas burner A safe, environmentally friendly unit that helps minimize air emissions. Rapid torrefaction cycle A 6- to 10-hour torrefaction cycle processes up to 20,000 fbm in 24 hours. Low-cost energy Quebec’s low power prices leads to highly competitive global product. Improved ventilation grille Specially designed grille to ensure perfectly balanced air flow. Readily accessible mechanical and electrical components For easy maintenance and emergency operations. Exhaust steam filtration Reduces fumes discharged into the atmosphere, minimizing environmental risks. Innovative press system Eliminates warping of upper rows of planks during torrefaction. Interior or exterior installation option With its stainless steel construction and high performance thermal insulation, the MEC torrefaction kiln can be installed and operated outside all year round.