RYAM Lumber’s Canadian forest and sawmill operations produce high-quality softwood lumber used mainly in construction, hardwood lumber used by manufacturers, as well as wood chips and biomass used in RYAM Lumber’s Canadian operations and by third-party customers.
Sawmill and forest wood chips
RYAM Lumber’s softwood and hardwood sawmills produce a wide variety of co-product wood chips in addition to lumber. All grades and species are available as Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified – your assurance our fiber comes from responsible sources.
RYAM Lumber can also supply whole-log wood chips or biomass materials to meet customer needs.
Sawmill and forest biomass – comminuted wood, bark, sawdust and shavings
Biomass from our sawmill, mobile chipping, and mobile grinding operations comes in two grades:
- Hogged fuel (4” and below) – low-cost high-quality fiber for use in bioenergy facilities.
- Scalped (12” and below) – used in horticultural bark products or to create hogged fuel.
Sawdust and shavings produced at RYAM Lumber’s sawmills are used by pulp mills, wood pellet producers, engineered panel manufacturers and niche product manufacturers.
Again, the fiber in all grades and species is FSC certified.
Wood chips: Product characteristics
Clearly cut with sharp chipper knives to prevent production of fines, pins, oversized chips, slivers and bruising of the edges.
Transportation: Truck / High volume and self-unloading trailers.
|Typical specifications||Pulp quality||Fuel quality||Species|
|Bark and rot content||1% maximum||10% maximum||Black spruce
Interior Douglas fir
|45mm round hole||5% maximum||10% maximum|
|10mm overthick||15% maximum||30% maximum|
|3/8” round hole||60% minimum||50% minimum|
|Pan||5% maximum||20% maximum|
Biomass: Product Characteristics
- Same species as wood chips.
- Biomass may include blends of sawdust, shavings, and screen fines (negotiable).
- Transportation: Truck / High volume and self-unloading trailers.
|Specifications||Sawdust||Shavings||Sawdust and Shavings||Bark|
|Quality||Panel and pellet||Panel and pellet||Fuel||May include wood chips, sawdust, shavings, lumber|
|Grit*||Maximum 0.05% by weight||Maximum 0.05% by weight||N/A||Minimal quantities of soil and rock|
|Oven dry content||45% to 75%||Minimum 75%||N/A||45% to 75% by green weight|
|Maximum stockpile age||Three months||Three months||Six months||Six months|
|* Grit includes rock, sand, dirt, floor sweepings, rags, ash and acid insoluble ash.|
Operations, capacity and certifications
|Sawmills||Production capacity (annual)||Product certification|
|Béarn, Québec, Canada||Total capacity is |
close to one million
bdmt (bone dry metric tons)
|La Sarre, Québec, Canada|
|Chapleau, Ontario, Canada|
|Cochrane, Ontario, Canada|
|Hearst, Ontario, Canada|
|Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada|