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Training / Events / GLKDA Fall Meeting - Oct. 12-15
« Last post by admin on August 11, 2016, 08:39:06 AM »
The 2016 Fall Meeting will incorporate an Advanced Lumber Drying Workshop and will be held Oct. 12 - 15 in Wausau, WI. Stay tuned for details.

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Job Postings / Kiln Operator Trainee - Philomath, OR
« Last post by admin on August 10, 2016, 02:49:32 PM »

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific is one of the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of building products, tissue, packaging, paper, cellulose and related chemicals. The company employs more than 30,000 people at approximately 300 locations in North and South America.

Georgia-Pacific’s Philomath, Oregon facility is seeking a dedicated and reliable employee to fill our Forklift/Kiln Operator Trainee. Pay begins at $17.19 per hour.
Basic qualifications include:
  • Must be forklift certified to ensure kiln charges are loaded and broken down.
  • Must be able to work outside in all weather conditions and work weekends and holidays when needed.
  • Must be able to adhere to plant and departmental safety and environmental guidelines, policies and procedures.
  • Must be able to operate the Verticut and perform maintenance when kilns are not operating.
  • Work schedule is every other Thursday 6pm-6am and Fri-Sat-Sun 6pm-6am.

Must be able to read, write, speak and comprehend basic English in order to cross train and fill in at a variety of job locations.
Prior experience working in a sawmill, with similar equipment or in similar industrial production jobs will be a benefit when competing for this position but is not necessary.
All candidates must be team oriented, motivated and actively participate in and promote a safe working environment. Must be capable of wearing all OSHA mandated safety equipment required for this job.

For more information or to apply, Click here and enter Job #043143
Training / Events / Dehumidification Drying of Lumber - Short Course
« Last post by admin on August 03, 2016, 02:06:59 PM »
Dehumidification Drying of Lumber - Short Course

When:                   October 6-7, 2016
Where:                  North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina

Registration Deadlines:

Friday, September 9, 2016 early discount fee ends
Friday, October 3, 2016 final registration day, limit 25 attendees.

Dehumidification drying can produce high quality kiln dried lumber with a small capital investment.  This short course will provide practical knowledge about using dehumidification to produce kiln dried lumber, and the scientific background on related wood properties. It will have value for those kiln operators beginning to operate a dehumidification kiln and those considering the purchase of a dehumidification kiln. Instruction, by university faculty, will be both in the classroom and through hands-on lab exercises using our 1000 BF laboratory dry kiln equipped with a commercial lumber dehumidification system. For more details:

Moisture Variability / Re: Drying 2
« Last post by Steve Morse on June 30, 2016, 08:55:37 AM »
Bonedry I have and usally am running two differant products in my continuous kiln. In the past I have had 6x6 on one track and 5/4x6 on the other. What you will see is that a very slow rate on your timbers (say 1.5' per hour) but will make up time on you 5/4 From say 5' per hour to 6' or more). This is due to temp in the kiln rising. If your temp keeps getting hotter you need to adjust your speeds on your side that has demensional lumber. the temp you set your Kiln at is what you want to maintain. If it gets high or low its giving you a sign that the lumber is wet or dry. This is just a way I see whats going on with out a big surprise when the product starts exiting the Kiln. You want to make sure the fans in you main chamber are reversing every 2-4 hours. I prefer 2. This is just some things I have found with our Kiln going on 6 years old.
Training / Events / 5-day Kiln Drying Seminar - September 19-23, 2016
« Last post by UBCcawp on June 15, 2016, 09:31:24 AM »
UBC - Centre for Advanced Wood Processing will be hosting a comprehensive, hands-on workshop on drying technology.  This highly regarded workshop discusses the key processes and concepts involved in drying wood.  Beginning with wood properties and moisture movement, students will become familiar with kiln design considerations, drying schedules and kiln loading considerations.  Other topics include drying with air, drying degrade, lumber storage and handling, control systems and power plants. 
For more information, please visit our website at  or contact Jason Chiu @

UBC- Centre for Advanced Wood Processing
2900-2424 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC
Tel: 604 822-0082

Training / Events / Kiln Drying Short Course August 8th
« Last post by admin on June 10, 2016, 11:01:06 AM »
A Kiln Drying Short Course is being offered by the Great Lakes Kiln Drying Association (GLKDA) the week of August 8th at the Wood Technology Center of Excellence at Northcentral Technical College's Antigo WI Campus.

The course is packed with valuable and practical information that will help your company increase drying quality while minimizing costs.

The flyer includes info on course topics, instructors, hotel accommodations, and registration. Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact GLKDA at 715-803-1965.

Provided by
Lake States Lumber Association
P.O. Box 8724
Green Bay, WI 54302 |
General Discussion / "smoked" oak
« Last post by kilnguy on June 02, 2016, 06:28:52 AM »
Does anyone know the process or have any info on "smoked oak???  I believe it is done after it's been kiln dried in a steamer vs. fuming the oak with ammonium hydroxide.
Moisture Variability / Re: Drying 2
« Last post by GeorgeCulp on May 24, 2016, 12:28:18 PM »
One more thing on push rates....if you are used to a batch kiln....(remember that a batch kiln is a "continuous kiln" you just have a push rate of the entire charge once every X amount of hours it takes for you to dry) 
This is for talking purposes only - if you normally dry 2" in a batch kiln in 20 hours then you would want your lumber to be in the continuous kiln for 20 hours. If your main chamber is 60' long then your push rate would be 3'/hour. You could use this as a starting point but I feel certain the amount of time your lumber would be in the continuous kiln will be less than that of a batch kiln, therefore your push rate would be higher.
Its just a place to start and no more.
Moisture Variability / Re: Drying 2
« Last post by GeorgeCulp on May 24, 2016, 12:19:06 PM »
Henco is correct concerning the airflow. Just know that with one track of 4" and one track of 2" the 2" will get less flow than if both tracks were 2" and the 4" will get more airflow than if both tracks were 4".  How much? You would have to test all 3 sets of conditions to know that.
« Last post by admin on May 13, 2016, 02:02:30 PM »
Sponsored by the Southeastern Dry Kiln Club
June 14 – 16, 2016
NC State University
Raleigh, NC

The value of “rules conscious” employees is a more carefully manufactured product, a more profitable yield from the log, and a better sense of the value of the lumber being handled. This three-day workshop will include a thorough study and explanation of the NHLA Rules Book, emphasizing the basics of hardwood lumber inspection.  This popular workshop gives yardmen, sawyers, edgermen, sales and office staff, as well as management level personnel an introduction to lumber inspection. This course is designed as an introduction and a refresher course of the NHLA Rules. The course will cover the fundamental of hardwood lumber inspection and will give the attendees the opportunity for hands-on application of the rules.

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