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How old is this article.. it appears to be scans of typwriter pages...   Current sawmills use ANCHORSEAL Wax end sealer to prevent much of the degrade from air drying. Protects against drying defects.
Training / Events / NEKDA 2016 Spring Meeting - Concord, NH
« Last post by admin on April 27, 2016, 02:41:10 PM »
Welcome to the NEKDA

2016 Spring Meeting - May 4-5 Concord, NH

Holiday Inn 172 North Main St, Concord, NH; NEKDA rate $104, -- call 603/224-9534
  • program - pdf (word)
    • meeting registration - pdf (word)
      • HHP sawmill tour, 10:00 am Wednesday
        • Kiln Operator's Clinic
        • Technical Sessions
          • Controlling Drying and Maintaining Quality using Anchor Seal wax and Shade Dri UV Resistant Polypropylene Mesh Fabric; Peter Duerden, U*C Coatings
          • An Update on Heat Treatment for Export; Matt Pomeroy, NeLMA
          • HRV – Heat Recovery Vents for Kilns; Jeremy Howard, NYLE Dry Kilns
          • Safety around Lumber Mill and Kiln Operations; Scott Lawson, The Lawson Group
          • Steam - basics and troubleshooting coils and traps; George Moynihan, R.L. Stone Co., Michel Poulin, Armstrong Heat Transfer Group and Dennis Ford, F.W. Webb
          • Kiln temperature and energy audits; Dan Avery, Gutchess Lumber

          For more information go to:
Training / Events / Timber Processing and Energy Expo - Portland OR
« Last post by admin on April 27, 2016, 02:06:29 PM »
Timber Processing and Energy Expo 2016

Portland, Oregon
28-30 September 2016
Kiln Drying of Hardwood Lumber Short Course

When: July 19, 2016 9:00 AM to July 21, 2016 5:00 PM
Where: Pennsylvania Furnace, PA

Instruction at the Kiln Drying of Hardwood Lumber Short Course will include lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on experience. Wood moisture relations, kiln operation, lumber handling and storage, and drying schedule preparation will be emphasized in relation to drying of hardwood lumber.

For more information
« Last post by admin on April 25, 2016, 07:20:59 AM »
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When drying red oak lumber it is important to note thickness variations. Click below to read more:
Job Postings / Supervisor, Kiln and Energy Plant - Prince George, BC
« Last post by admin on April 14, 2016, 12:43:55 PM »
Supervisor, Kiln and Energy Plant

Tracking Code    1033-108

Job Description
The Kiln / Energy Plant Supervisor is responsible for leadership and administration metrics for the Kilns and Energy Plant.  The incumbent will effectively oversee staffing, production development and direction of their team to drive the growth of safety, quality, cost, delivery, and employee engagement.  The Kiln / Energy Plant Supervisor is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with all employees including forklift operators, kiln attendants, the quality control department and the maintenance department, while ensuring the integration of strategic and divisional plans / systems and processes within the department.
Primary Duties:
  • Works with all personnel to ensure compliance in safety, environment, company policies and WorkSafe BC safety regulations
  • Coordinates Kiln-loading and Planer-in requirements with Sawmill production, in order to attain forecasted Planer-out production
  • Sets up and monitors Kiln schedules to ensure a high value is maintained through the drying process.
  • Ensures the Energy Plant (low pressure high temperature thermal energy plant) operates safely, efficiently and effectively.
  • Assists the Maintenance Department with preventative/predictive maintenance programs to maintain the Kilns and Energy Plant.
  • Supervises and coordinates all area production employees and equipment related to the Kilns and Energy Plant.
  • Ensures established safety, quality, cost, delivery, and employee engagement KPI’s are met or exceeded on a consistent basis
  • Fosters a culture of knowledge sharing with other personnel
  • Provides coverage relief for other Supervisory roles within the Department.

Required Skills
The successful candidate will bring the following experience and expertise:
  • Minimum Grade 12 education with preference given to candidates with relevant post secondary education
  • Supervisory experience in the sawmill industry
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications with the ability to learn new programs
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to thrive as a management team member in a unionized work environment
  • Strong analytical and problem solving abilities with the flexibility to effectively respond to continually changing internal and external business conditions.
  • TDG, WHMIS and previous Energy Plant operation training would be an asset.
  • Kiln operating experience would be an asset
  • Analytical thinker
  • Easily adapts to new situations
  • Demonstrated experience building cooperative and trusting working relationships

Hiring for this position is ongoing and will be filled as required. To be considered for this position, 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.

Prince George, BC

Known as BC’s Northern Capital, Prince George offers an affordable quality of life. Prince George is home to the University of Northern British Columbia, which is known as the “Green University”. This city was also the Official Host of the 2015 Canada Winter Games. This region’s temperate climate creates a lush environment of emerald-green forests and ample opportunities for outdoor activity.

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Job Postings / Boiler Operator - Tillimook, OR
« Last post by admin on April 14, 2016, 12:21:30 PM »
Boiler Operator - Tillamook, OR

Tracking Code    757

Job Description

Boiler Operator - Tillamook, OR - Relocation Assistance Available

In this critical role, we are seeking a Boiler Operator with a “hands-on” approach.  This person needs to be team-oriented, results driven and must 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 millwright skills.  Our boiler operators provide high quality results through excellent team work and focused execution.

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS DEMONSTRATED: Possesses an understanding of boiler operation and maintenance and can communicate across departments about boiler operations and associated impacts of boiler and/or kiln operations. Basic understanding of environmental regulations associated with kilns (if applicable), boilers, steam and air/fuel mixtures for boilers. Basic understanding of production flow and role boiler/kilns plays in overall plant/complex operations.

JOB COMPLEXITY: Performs daily responsibilities, including maintenance and operations of boilers but follows directions of boiler lead or boiler supervisor. Rotate shifts with other operators. May be training to operate the Powerhouse or Co-Gen.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Minimum of  1 year operating boilers and or Kilns. Experience operating rolling stock equipment (Forklifts/Front end loaders).

Who is Stimson Lumber?

Stimson Lumber is a leader in the forest products and natural resources industry with over 750 employees and several locations across Idaho, Oregon and Washington. We have a 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 at Stimson Lumber?

We are hiring people who 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 competitive compensation, comprehensive benefits and wellness programs, advancement opportunities, 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.

For more information or to apply Click Here

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General Discussion / Re: Lumber twists in the kiln
« Last post by MichaelM on April 11, 2016, 04:22:50 PM »
Both Joe and HemcoV had some good suggestions.

If you are used to drying softwoods to 15%, the hardwoods may surprise you.  They are typically dried to 7-8, maybe 9% and there is a lot more warp simply due to the low MC.  Also, maple is a whole different animal than alder.  If you are familiar with alder, plan on the warp in maple being much greater.  In my comments here I am assuming that this is bigleaf or Oregon maple.

Schedule is important.  Something like schedule 80 in "Dry Kiln Schedules for Commercial Woods" (google this because the attachment will be too big to go though).  See back of attachment for proper equalizing and conditioning.  Allow 7-9 days and top out at 170 instead of 180.  You do need the big depression (50F) to get the MC low enough but will get better color at 170F.

This schedule is a MC-based schedule.  Google “Dry Kiln Operators Manual” or “Drying Hardwood Lumber” for this USDA-recommended method.

For specific questions, feel free to PM me.
General Discussion / Re: Lumber twists in the kiln
« Last post by HencoV on April 11, 2016, 12:20:01 AM »
Quick answer....add a few tons of weights onto the stacks.

Not so quick...find out why it's warping. Get a kiln expert to come and have a look. The fee will probably pay for itself in quality retention in a few days/weeks

If you are the DIY type...start here... Not knowing maple...take this as "broad & general" advise. Any warp (bow, twist, spring, cup) is partly due to the inherent structure of timber, and/or caused my differential shrinkage, either across the face, thickness or the length of the board. In short, one section of the board shrinks more than the other, causing distortion. Bad drying practice makes it worse because some boards or areas of the stacks gets more exposure to hotter dryer air than others, drying out faster and shrinking more/quicker.

Bad drying can refer to physical factors...stacking, loading, baffling & maintenance.  Getting any one or more of these 4 wrong will result in uneven air flow and energy distribution through the stack and bad results. Get as close to 100% of the air through 100% of the timber..evenly. These should always be the first things to check, and must be a constant.

Next, get drying control and schedule right. It is possible that your schedule may be very harsh in the beginning. There is enough literature available to guide you on the web. Also speak to other dryers in your area drying similar timber

Good luck
Moisture Variability / Re: Drying 2
« Last post by HencoV on April 10, 2016, 11:39:20 PM »
If this is a continuous counter flow probably wont work. If it is a continuous kiln where you load wet stacks one end , and pull dry stacks on the other end -  It can work, and has been done. The pull rate you will have to determine through trial and error. Being continuous, you will probably only pull out and replace one stack at a time....and only once desired MC% levels are reached.

Just remember that with thicker dimensions on the one track, air flow will be affected (reduced)if all stickers are same dimension. So if you fill the kiln with thinner same dimension loads on both tracks, drying rate will improve with better air flow
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