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Dry Kiln Control / Fire Safety Question about Continuous Kilns
« Last post by MichaelM on August 02, 2015, 10:38:56 PM »
Looking at installing a continuous kiln but were pretty much scared off by many reports of them burning to the ground if they catch on fire. We have direct fired kilns and if we have a fire, we can keep the doors closed and flood the inside with water, killing the fire by denying it oxygen. But in a continuous kiln, due to the open ends on them, the oxygen supply cannot be cut off so the kiln burns.

Is there a fire safe, direct fired, continuous kiln manufacturer or modification for existing ones that would make one safe from burning to ground if were to catch fire?

Any advice is much appreciated.
Stacking/Sorting Wood / Re: Sticker Stain
« Last post by TonyM on July 22, 2015, 02:50:36 PM »
Also, there was some experimentation being done years ago, in the early 1970’s, with plastics, resins and fiberglass stickers that showed quite a bit of promise for both low cost and durability without staining the lumber. Whatever happened with this? Are they available anywhere?
Job Postings / Kiln/Boiler Operator - Moyie Springs, ID
« Last post by admin on July 14, 2015, 12:30:58 PM »

From its Coeur d'Alene, Idaho headquarters, the closely held, family-owned company continues to be "Idaho Grown" and the first recipient of the Idaho Pacesetter Award.  The company is now one of America's largest lumber producers, with capacity for nearly one billion board feet per year and markets around the globe.  The company founders hold high standards when it comes to product, process and company objectives.  This is a healthy, growing company – big enough for its national and international markets, but with hometown ethics and pride in a job well done. Excellence is the goal in caring for our team members, customers, and natural resources.

To operate/maintain a wood fueled boiler and to produce lumber with specified moisture content by kiln drying while meeting our high product quality standards.  To maintain lumber flow from the sawmill out feed through the kilns.

  • Operates boiler maintaining required pressure and steam flow.
  • Removes ash from boiler and cleans equipment.
  • Maintains daily log of maintenance and occurrences.
  • Determines drying cycle and schedule, considering factors such as species, dimensions and quantity of lumber to be dried
  • Pushes lumber to be dried into kilns
  • To activate, control and record temperature, humidity and ventilation of dry kilns
  • Operates steam control for drying process, pulls lumber out of kiln when dried to specific moisture standard
  • To measure moisture content of lumber at end of drying cycle
  • Performs all duties in accordance with safety rules and regulations

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Valid Driver's License
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs., climb stairs, repetitive bending, kneeling, stretching, pushing and pulling, continuous walking and/or standing
  • Ability to adjust work schedule (actual hours to be discussed), perform shift work, work overtime and holidays as needed.
  • Boiler or Kiln Experience is required, boiler license is a plus, but not required.

Total Rewards

We understand the value of our employees and how each and every one plays such a vital role in the day to day success of Idaho Forest Group. Idaho Forest Group looks for driven people with strong work ethics, morals and values. When we find them, we want to keep them. Therefore, we offer competitive total rewards compensation.

Idaho Forest Group has a wide range of benefits including Health Care coverage, Flexible Spending accounts, Wellness programs, Life and Disability protection, 401(k) benefits, Vacation pay, Holiday pay, Family and Self Care Leave, Scholarships, and more. We value a good balance between career and personal life and encourage a healthy lifestyle.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race/ethnicity, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, genetic information, family medical history, protected veterans status, or any other status protected by law.  If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation in our hiring process, please contact the respective HR personnel.

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Job Postings / Lumber Operations Manager - Raymond, WA
« Last post by admin on July 14, 2015, 11:16:25 AM »
Lumber Operations Manager-01009553

The Raymond Lumber mill, located in Raymond, WA, is seeking an Operations Manager.
The Raymond facility, part of Weyerhaeuser’s Western Lumber mill set, consists of log yard, sawmill, dry kilns, planer and shipping operations.  The mill currently manufactures kiln dried Hemlock and Douglas Fir lumber products in support of the business’s strategic plan.
Key Functions: This full-time, exempt position reports directly to the unit manager and is responsible for the safe coordination and oversight of the daily activities in the sawmill, planermill and dry kiln departments.  This position is a key member of the Raymond Lumber leadership team.
The successful candidate will be a safety role model with excellent team skills and a proven ability to lead and develop people in a union environment and will Improve and maintain department performance according to set objectives and established goals for safety, quality, waste reduction, housekeeping and process reliability.

Also provide leadership for process improvement, regular team meetings and safety; facilitates proactive problem-solving

  • Demonstrated leadership results in safety.
  • Demonstrated ability to raise performance by building and maintaining positive relationships with all associates through coaching, development and instilling a continuous improvement mind-set.
  • Able to effectively work across all organizations and create alignment and focus.
  • 5 years of manufacturing experience in a leadership position, preferably in a wood products environment.
  • Demonstrated track record of success in a complex and fast-paced manufacturing environment.
  • Demonstrated ability in leading a team to achieve breakthrough results.
  • Ability to generate commitment and motivate employees toward a common goal.
  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills.
  • Strong planning and organizational skills.
  • Strong work ethic, good judgment and decision-making skills.
  • Knowledge and ability in utilizing computers in a business environment is a must.
  • Must be able to accept and respond to after hours calls, work weekends/holidays as needed.
  • Working knowledge of lumber business, financial and labor relations concepts.
  • Demonstrated results in achieving and sustaining business goals.
  • Ability to analyze and present data.
  • Previous experience in a union environment.
  • Bachelor’s degree

Weyerhaeuser is an equal opportunity employer.  We are committed to taking affirmative action to employ and advance in employment women, minorities, qualified individuals with disabilities and protected veterans.

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General Discussion / Kiln drying statistics
« Last post by KevinJArcher on July 14, 2015, 11:14:02 AM »
Hello Forum members

I just joined the forum and this is my first post.  I was wondering if anyone is collecting statistics on the amount of softwood and hardwood lumber that is kiln kiln dried as a proportion of the total amount cut in North America? I have been looking for the data for a while and have been  able to find FPL data from the 1990's but nothing more recent.  Can anyone help?


Kevin Archer
Job Postings / Boiler/Kiln Operator - Tillamook, OR
« Last post by admin on July 14, 2015, 10:31:20 AM »
Boiler/Kiln Operator

Tracking Code        536
Job Location           Tillamook, Oregon
Position Type          Full-Time/Regular
Salary                    $17.88 - $22.00

Job Description
We are seeking a Boiler Operator with a commitment to safety and possess great problem solving skills. You will execute your role within a group that embrace innovation, continuous improvement and provides educational opportunities to continuously sharpen your professional skills.  Our boiler operators play a key role in operating and maintaining our high pressure wood fired boilers through excellent team work and focused execution.

Your accountabilities…
  • Utilize your knowledge of steam, instrumentation and controls to efficiently and safely operator our high pressure wood fired boilers
  • Change kiln charges and operate them with our controls
  • Understand environmental compliance related to operating and repair boilers
  • Perform repairs and maintenance to boilers and related equipment as needed
  • Proactively communicate with all departments to build and maintain working relationships to achieve department and plant goals.
  • Identify and suggest new approaches or best known methods to foster our continuous improvement mentality

Required Skills
A minimum of 1 year experience operating a high-pressure wood fired boiler
  • Proven experience or expertise in the following technical areas:
  • Boiler instrumentation and controls
  • Kiln operations
  • Welding and mechanical skills
  • Steam and opacity reading (preferred)
  • An understanding of environmental compliance related to boiler and kiln operation
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Team player and highly self-motivated individual
  • Ability to operate rolling stock, including forklift certification

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Who are we…
Stimson Lumber is a leader in the forest products and natural resources industry with over 600 employees and several locations across Idaho, Oregon and Washington.  We are progressive, forward thinking culture with a focus on developing our people.  Our employees are given the tools and opportunities to maximize their talent and achieve professional and personal goals.
We have been a recognized leader in our industry with our commitment to quality, customer service and continuous improvement mentality for decades.

Why work here…
We are hiring people that are passionate about what they do every day, have a desire to make a difference and thrive in a team environment.  We reward our employees through outstanding compensation, benefits and a great place to work!

As an equal employment opportunity company, we value the diversity of individuals, ideas, perspectives, insights and values, and what they bring to the workplace.  Applications are welcome from all qualified candidates. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing and background checks.

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General Discussion / Re: BTU's per species
« Last post by MichaelM on July 08, 2015, 01:21:48 PM »
Send an e-mail to Mike dot Milota at OregonState dot edu and I will reply with the attachment.  I did attach it to the reply, but I do not know how it appears on this website.
Stacking/Sorting Wood / Re: Sticker Stain
« Last post by MichaelM on July 08, 2015, 01:19:11 PM »
This is hard to address without knowing more.  Are the stickers the problem?  Sometimes the stickers can transfer chemicals when drying a light colored wood after drying a dark colored wood.  Are the stickers dry and kept dry between charges?  Is the lumber dried as soon as possible after sawing?  Were the logs fresh?  Are there adequate airflow and depression to get the surface of the wood to dry as fast as possible without causing checking?  There are probably other questions, but I would consider those items before changing stickers. 

My understanding is that the dense, high-quality, hardwood stickers have good durability and over time will cost out.  As far as sustainability, I would see ask if the wood has FSC or other certification.
Mike M.
General Discussion / Re: BTU's per species
« Last post by fbushaw on July 08, 2015, 11:37:14 AM »
I don't see an attachment..
General Discussion / Re: BTU's per species
« Last post by MichaelM on July 08, 2015, 11:32:02 AM »
I have attached a spreadsheet.  It will compare on a pound of water removed basis rather than per board foot.  You could get what you are looking for by multiplying the pounds of water removed for a species by  2 lb of steam per pound of water then dividing by the number of board feet to get the expected steam use per board ft.
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