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Training / Events / Dehumidification Drying of Lumber Short Course
« Last post by admin on August 28, 2015, 11:55:42 AM »
Short Course on Dehumidification Drying of Lumber
October 8-9, 2015
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, North Carolina

Registration Deadline: Friday, October 2, 2015 (5PM EDST), limit 25 attendees.

Course Backgound:
Dehumidification drying can produce high quality kiln dried lumber with a small capital investment. Kiln capacities are smaller than for steam heated kilns and a boiler is not required. Drying times can be similar to those needed with steam kilns. As a result, dehumidification drying offers low volume producers the opportunity of use an economical way to produce high quality, kiln dried lumber.

Course Description:
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. A certificate of completion will be awarded to participants.

Short Course Key Topics:
  • Determining the Moisture Content of Wood
  • Temperature, Relative Humidity and Equilibrium Moisture Content Relationships
  • How the Dehumidification Process Works
  • Dehumidification Drying Schedules
  • Dried Lumber Storage

NC State University Instructors:
Phil Mitchell, Wood Products Extension Specialist
Eric McConnell, Wood Products Extension Specialist
Perry Peralta, Department of Forest Biomaterials
Guillermo Velarde, Department of Forest Biomaterials

Location and Lodging:
The workshop will take place in Hodges Lab located on the NC State University Campus, near the corner of Dan Allen Drive and Western Blvd. A parking pass is required (see below). Below is a list of lodging options that we recommend to our participants based on their price and proximity to NCSU campus.
  • Ramada Blue Ridge Hotel (4 miles)
  • Holiday Inn Express (3 miles)

Parking at NCSU Campus:
Those registered for the workshop will receive a parking pass email a few days prior to the workshop which will give instructions on how to claim and print a parking pass to display on your vehicle. The cost of the pass is included in the workshop registration fee.

For more information please visit this link
Moisture Variability / Stack Probe Readings
« Last post by Neissa G on August 26, 2015, 10:13:48 AM »
I use a (Wagner stack probe) moisture meter for performing hot checks.  How many readings should I take?  Should I throw out the highs and lows?
Training / Events / Fall 2015 Joint Meeting - SEDKC - OVLDA - ADKA
« Last post by admin on August 25, 2015, 03:07:22 PM »
Fall 2015 Joint
Southeastern Dry Kiln Club
Ohio Valley Lumber Drying Association
Appalachian Dry Kiln Association

Save the Dates   November 11 - 13, 2015

Brochure to follow with a detailed agenda and registration ($175) details. A small block of rooms has been reserved on a first come basis at the Carnegie Hotel directly beside the Millennium Center. The room block will be released on October 27. Reservations can be made by calling the Carnegie Hotel ($99) at 423-979-6400 and using the group code 2015 Fall Lumber Drying Meeting.

The technical program will feature Dr. Eugene Wengert

The educational component of the meeting will include an Advanced Lumber Drying Workshop conducted by Dr. Eugene Wengert, Emeritus Professor, Wood Processing, University of Wisconsin-Madison and President of The Wood Doctor’s Rx, LLC.

Dr. Wengert is a former professor and extension specialist at Virginia Tech and the University of Wisconsin Madison, as well as a researcher at the US Forest Products Lab, Gene teaches practical wood processing classes and seminars throughout the year for the wood products industry, including sawing, edging, grading, drying, machining and gluing. Gene is the author of eight practical books and has published over 400 articles relating to the wood products industry.

Proposed agenda:
November 11
11:00 am – Registration (Millennium Centre - room 137A AUD)
12:00 pm – Lunch (provided) Millennium Centre
1:00 pm – Advanced Lumber Drying Workshop
5:00 pm – Stress relief (cash bar)

November 12
7:00 am – Breakfast (Millennium Centre -Provided)
8:00 am – Advanced Lumber Drying Workshop - resumes
11:00 am – Business meeting for all three clubs
12:00 am – Lunch (provided)
1:00 pm – Advanced Lumber Drying Workshop - resumes
5:00 pm – Stress Relief (cash bar)

November 13
8:45 am – tour - Domtar’s Kingsport Paper Mill
11:00 am – tour - Bristol Motor Speedway
12:00 pm – Meeting concludes

Topics to be covered in the ADVANCED LUMBER DRYING WORKSHOP

Achieving The Objective of Drying--How strawberries, underwear and dried lumber are related

Drying Quiz (25 key questions and discussion)

How Drying Affects Subsequent Yields, Gluing and Machining

Quality Measurements of Green Lumber (How to identify those factors that affect drying and how to measure incoming lumber quality)
Advanced Concepts Drying--RH, Temperature, and Air Flow (Special emphasis on air flow; mini-quiz and discussion)

Shrinkage (When does green lumber start to shrink? How does dry lumber shrink?)

Warp--Causes and Cures

Checking--Causes and Cures, with Emphasis on Oak

Stain--Causes and Cures, with Emphasis on Maple and Ash

Steaming Walnut (and a few other species) for Color Enhancement (Equipment and techniques)

Advanced Operations--Kiln Start-Up; Schedules; Equalizing and Conditioning

Thick Lumber Drying

Moisture Content Measurement (How 30 readings accurately predict the average and spread of MC for the entire load)

Dry Lumber Quality Measurements (What to measure and what records to keep so that the next load is better)
Job Postings / Dry End Supperintendent - Darlington, SC
« Last post by admin on August 18, 2015, 02:25:19 PM »
Dry End Superintendent

Tracking Code      656-108

Job Description

Canfor is one of the world’s largest and most respected integrated forest products companies. For more than 75 years, we have been delivering top-quality lumber, pulp and paper products to our valued customers worldwide. With operations in Western Canada and the Southern United States, and sales offices around the world, you can find Canfor products in every corner of the globe. We are leaders in sustainable forest management and in converting wood residuals into green energy.

As we continue to grow our company and our markets, find out how you can grow your career with us.

Reporting to the Plant Manager, the Planer Superintendent is a key member of the divisional Management Team and, as such, is responsible for providing overall leadership from the Dry Kilns to the Finished Inventory, and ensuring excellent safety performance.

Major Duties:
  • Confers with management personnel to establish production and quality control standards, develop budget and cost controls, and to obtain data regarding types, quantities, specifications, and delivery dates of products ordered.
  • Plans and directs production activities and establishes production priorities for products in keeping with effective operations and cost factors.
  • Coordinates production activities with procurement, maintenance, and quality control activities to obtain optimum production and utilization of human resources, machines, and equipment.
  • Reviews and analyzes production, quality control, maintenance, and operational reports to determine causes of nonconformity with product specifications, and operating or production problems.
  • Develops and implements operating methods and procedures designed to eliminate operating problems and improve product quality.
  • Revises production schedules and priorities as result of equipment failure or operating problems.
  • Consults with engineering personnel relative to modification of machines and equipment in order to improve production and quality of products.
  • Conducts hearings to resolve or effect settlement of grievances and refers unresolved grievances for management by human resources.
  • Compiles, stores, and retrieves production data.
Required Skills
  • Proven ability in safety, leadership, and achieving goals
  • Ensures all contractors and visitors to the planer and shipping departments are properly indoctrinated and supervised as to stay in compliance with all legal and corporate policy requirements.
  • A good understanding of maintenance and technical aspects of lumber manufacturing
  • Experience with automated grading systems and planer optimization
  • Experience as a supervisor or superintendent in wood products manufacturing
  • Excellent interpersonal, analytical, problem solving and team building skills
  • A lumber grading ticket
  • Lumber drying experience/education would be beneficial
  • Proficiency in contemporary business management skills (MS Office, an understanding of financial principals)
  • Strong organizational skills with the desire to accept the challenge of working in continually changing internal and external business conditions
  • An effective communicator with strong verbal, written and presentation skills

Hiring for this position is on-going. Please apply today!

There has never been a better time to join the Canfor team and become part of the modern forest industry. We have a wide range of rewarding careers in some of the best communities in North America, with plenty of room for advancement. Our mills are modern, high-tech and safe; and our marketing and sales activities are world-class. We offer competitive compensation and benefits packages, and are committed to the professional development of our employees.

Developed as an agricultural center, Darlington is well known for its cotton market and tobacco market. Darlington is best known for the Darlington Raceway, a speedway that is home to the annual NASCAR Southern 500 race, and it has literally become a fast attraction to motorsport lovers.

For more information, visit

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Job Postings / Kiln Opr/Boiler Tender - Kettle Falls, WA
« Last post by admin on August 18, 2015, 02:10:23 PM »
Job Title                                                     Kiln Opr/Boiler Tender
Job ID                                                        6726
Location                                                     Washington, Kettle Falls
Responsibilities :
  • Tending the boiler
  • Monitoring kilns
  • Loading/unloading kilns
  • Loading/unloading kiln charges
  • Record keeping
  • Environmental reporting
  • Clean up at boiler and kilns
  • Cleaning fuel cells
  • Boiler water tests
  • Working during boiler shutdowns
  • Doing minor repairs at the boiler and kilns

Basic Qualifications :

Must have basic trouble shooting skills, ability to work under pressure, work well with others, self-motivated. Must have forklift experience in a production environment and basic maintenance skills. Strong commitment to safety. Willingness to work swing and graveyard shifts.

Preferred Qualifications :

 Boiler experience.  Hog fueled boiler experience is a plus.  Loader experience preferred.

Hourly Rate:

$17.44 - $18.05 DOE, plus shift differential of $.49 swing, $.55 graveyard

Benefits for this position
- Retirement plan
- Health, dental, and vision coverage
- Life insurance & Profit Sharing plan

Boise Cascade is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

For More Information or to Apply Click Here and enter 6726 in the search box

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Job Postings / Boiler Operator - Tillamook, OR
« Last post by admin on August 18, 2015, 01:52:15 PM »
Job Title:         Boiler Operator

Job Location:         Tillamook, OR

Job Description:
Work safely and maintain a safe work environment for yourself and others. Able to follow all operating rules and environmental practices in order to remain environmentally compliant. This position will have the primary responsibility for the safe, continuous and environmentally compliant operation of a waste wood fired boiler, and all facility auxiliary equipment to support its operation. They will be the primary control room operator, interfacing with computer based control systems for direct process control. They will be responsible to direct other crew members during day to day operations as well as assist in prioritizing maintenance work activities for successful operational results as well as documenting and recording of operating data on a shift basis.

This position will cross train with the kiln department in order to assist the kiln operators in times of need.
Experience/Skills Required:
  • Must be an experienced operator or be trained by an experienced operator.
  • Previous experience with hog fuel fired boiler operations is preferred.
  • Must possess or be capable of learning basic computer skills and be able to demonstrate ability to maintain process control through the use of computer based control systems.
  • Must be PIT certified or attain certification.
  • Confined Space Certified or attain certification.
  • Fall Protection Certified or attain certification.
  • A high school diploma or equivalent is preferred.

These examples are not meant to be all inclusive and management reserves the right to change, add or delete in order to meet the needs of the operation and crew. Employees are expected to maintain clean and orderly workspaces, assist fellow workers whenever possible, work other shifts as necessary and comply with Company work, environmental and safety standards.

To apply click here

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News / Forest Products Manufacturing is Important to the Biobased Products Economy
« Last post by admin on August 16, 2015, 11:52:47 PM »
Wood Products Extension collaborated with Duke University’s Center for Sustainability and Commerce and NC State’s Supply Chain Resource Cooperative to produce, “An Economic Impact Analysis of the U.S. Biobased Products Industry: A Report to the Congress of the United States of America.” This technical report was prepared for the US Department of Agriculture BioPreferred® program and the Congress of the United States of America as mandated within the 2014 Farm Bill. The report was highlighted in a news release issued by USDA (

Seven major overarching sectors that represent the US biobased products industry were analyzed: Agriculture and Forestry, Biorefining, Biobased Chemicals, Enzymes, Bioplastic Bottles and Packaging, Forest Products, and Textiles. The report focused specifically bioproducts, therefore the energy, livestock, food, feed, and pharmaceuticals sectors were excluded.

Briefly, 1.5 million jobs were directly associated here to read more:
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?
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
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