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Do you think that if you had a smaller volume dry kiln your drying quality would improve?  Possible reasons for improved drying quality could include:
  • less time required to build a complete kiln load of same species, thickness, and length (and less need to mix species, thicknesses, or initial moisture contents)
  • less time would mean less chance of developing the precursors of stain in lumber before the kiln during summer months
  • less time might mean lumber packages spend a similar amount of time on air drying yard, hence have similar initial moisture contents so that the starting kiln schedule is right for all the lumber
  • a smaller kiln should be able to achieve more uniform drying conditions in terms of heat, humidity and air flow, resulting in a more uniform final moisture content

Obviously having multiple smaller kilns (as opposed to a single larger kiln) would be a larger capital investment.  Do you think there is enough demand for lumber having a high drying quality that would support the increased price due to increased costs?
Job Postings / Dry Kiln Operator..
« Last post by fbushaw on July 19, 2014, 01:57:07 PM »
Built on Tradition

From its Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, headquarters, the closely held, family-owned company continues to be "Idaho Grown." 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 a pride in the job well done. Excellence is the goal in caring for natural resources, employees and customers.


A kiln operator dries lumber to specified moisture content while meeting high product quality standards.  This position is a rotating 12 hour shift, 4 days on 4 days off.

Essential Functions
•Follow key safety processes for the facility
•Dry lumber of all sorts, using computer to control kilns
•Monitor kilns all throughout shift and make adjustments as needed
•Operate forklift to load, unload kilns and change kilns
•Cover for sawmill/planer drivers when necessary
•Complete daily paperwork and daily reports on computer
•Help with new hire training and cross training of existing employees
•Clean work areas
•Other duties as directed by supervisor

•High School Diploma or GED
•Valid Driver's License
•18 years of age
•Have a good safety record and the ability to work in a team
•Have good work habits and attendance record
•Have the ability to lift 100 lbs.
•Must be able to work outside in bad conditions (hot, cold, and wet)
•Must be able to climb up and down stairs several times a day
•Have the ability to pay attention to detail
•Must be self-motivated and able to work alone
•Must be willing to learn all aspects of the job (computers, moisture meters

Preferred Qualifications
•Previous kiln experience

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, national origin, gender, age, religion, disability, protected veteran status, or any other category protected by law.

Apply online at Idaho Forest Group
Job Postings / Kiln and Energy Plant Supervisor - Vanderhoof, BC
« Last post by admin on July 17, 2014, 10:30:36 AM »
Kiln and Energy Plant Supervisor

Tracking Code    108-108

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 and basic knowledge of mobile equipment would be assets
  • Demonstrated safe work behavior
  • Analytical thinking skills
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Adaptable and flexible
  • Builds cooperative and trusting working relationships
  • Works with limited supervision
  • Is highly organized, meets deadlines and is self motivated

Click Here to Apply   

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General Discussion / Log Supply Shortages?
« Last post by admin on July 15, 2014, 12:48:36 PM »
Are you experiencing a log supply shortage in your area?  What do you think is the cause?

--Posted on behalf of Phil Mitchell
Job Postings / Kiln Technician - Camden, TX
« Last post by admin on July 09, 2014, 12:56:47 PM »

Georgia-Pacific creates long-term value by using resources efficiently to provide innovative products and solutions that meet the needs of customers and society, while operating in a manner that is environmentally and socially responsible, and economically sound. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific LLC is one of the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of building products, consumer products, packaging, paper, cellulose and chemicals. The company employs more than 30,000 people at approximately 300 locations in North and South America.

Georgia Pacific Camden Texas
Position: Kiln Operations Technician
Basic Responsibilities:
  • Responsible for lubricating, cleaning and maintaining Rolling Stock and Kiln
  • Perform daily quality checks.
  • Properly maintain all Kiln environmental systems
  • Ability to operate computer based Kiln operation systems
  • Maintain housekeeping of the Kiln work area and all other assigned duties
  • Assist supervisor with completing Operational Reports and completing accurate inventories
  • Must maintain an Operator’s license for Cat Loader, Taylor lift, Hyster lift and Scissor Lift per GP’s  training
  • Must be responsible in your part for driving the safety and environmental and reliability culture for Camden Lumber
  • Treat others with dignity and respect at all times

Minimum Qualifications:
  • High School Diploma or GED (5 years of verifiable continuous work history in a labor intensive environment can be substituted for a high school diploma or GED
  • 6 months continuous work history
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Successful completion of background verification and drug testing
  • Ability to communicate effectively with oral and written communication
  • Good knowledge of  Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook)
  • Ability to adapt quickly to change and work with minimal supervision
  • Willingness to work a flexible work schedule to include holidays and weekends
  • Willingness to work in a hot, humid, cold and noisy environment
  • Willingness to perform repetitive and physically demanding tasks for extended periods (lifting, walking, climbing, pushing, twisting, stooping)
  • Willingness to wear necessary PPE (safety glasses, ear plugs, hard hat, 6” top leather steel toe boots, etc.)
  • Willingness to maintain strict adherence to safety rules/regulations
  • Willingness to work in a tobacco free environment
  • Willingness to work in a fast paced environment
  • Willingness to work around moving equipment
  • Willingness to work in a tight, closed in or confined space
  • Willingness to work at heights of at least 60’ at times
  • Willingness to wear a limited amount of jewelry

Salary and benefits commensurate with experience.
We are an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran
Except where prohibited by state law, all offers of employment are conditioned upon successfully passing a drug test.

TO APPLY: Click Here

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Job Postings / Boiler/Kiln Lead - Willamina, OR
« Last post by admin on July 09, 2014, 12:31:00 PM »
Job Title:             Boiler/Kiln Lead
Job Location:        Willamina

Job Description:
The successful candidate will be team and goals orientated with all crew members and departments, and have a positive attitude while projecting a positive image when promoting safe teamwork. This person will also have intimate knowledge of boiler and kiln operation and be capable of training teams to operate the boiler and kiln through knowledge of operation, by demonstrating and having the team demonstrate thorough understanding of systems consistent with the job functions described in the boiler and klin operator's position.

Boiler Basic Function:
Supervise maintenance, and operation of CB Gas fired boiler and related steam production, including routine scheduling of operation, and maintenance of all equipment. Must be able to safely supervise all activities in a strong team environment, strive to get the most out of available resources, keep accurate records of production and analyze trends. Must be team and goal oriented with the crew and all departments, establish standards for productivity at all stages, have a positive attitude, project a positive image and promote teamwork. Must not compromise safety- personally or for the employees, must set the example for the employees in regards to safety, and will be an advocate for safety. This position is responsible and accountable for compliance with all applicable environmental (DEQ, EPA and State) and safety (OSHA) regulations in regards to gas-fired boiler facilities for the State of Oregon.

Kiln Basic Functions:
This position will be available and perform vacation/absence relief if needed for all Willamina Division Boiler and Dry Kiln positions on all shifts. In addition to vacation/absence relief, this position will assist with a wide variety of Boiler/Kiln associated duties at the Willamina location including but not limited to: cleaning ponds, boiler maintenance and PM, kiln maintenance and PM, Boiler/Kiln trouble shooting and kiln schedule development. This person will also be available and perform necessary clean up in the Boiler/Kiln area if needed.

Experience/Skills Required:
The successful candidate will be a leader, demonstrate a high degree of integrity, will be honest and forthcoming with information, demonstrate innovative techniques in problem solving and by extension, promote innovation in the crew. Must have a positive attitude about daily activities and project a positive image to the crew, be a team builder and promote teamwork, work well with peers and contribute to the success of the company, be inquisitive and always looking for ways to do things better. In addition, the successful candidate must possess a current, valid Oregon State driver’s license and a reliable mode of transportation to facilitate travel to the divisional facility locations. Must possess a current First Aid/CPR certification and Hampton PIT authorization.

1.Practice safe work habits & comply with all company work & safety standards.
2.Correctly interpret company policies and procedures, in particular safety policies/procedures, to convey information to teammates.
3.A minimum of 1 years experience in operation of steam plants.
4.Formal education beyond high school is desired with a degree from an institution of higher learning preferred.
5.Ability to quickly learn and apply the latest technologies.
6.Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and projects to meet production schedule/project requirements.
7.Ability to resolve problems and follow through with all concerned parties.
8.Analyze and resolve work problems and/or assist all teammates in solving work problems.
9.Involve the Human Resources staff when changes occur that affect personnel.
10.Train and motivate teammates.
11.Be a team player, builder and promoter; of leadership in the Willamina facility.

Forklift operation, mechanical ability.

Must have current PIT license. Successful completion of Quality Awareness classes will be strongly considered when awarding this bid job. Kiln classes and courses will be taken when offered by the Company.

Preferred Skills:

The Boiler/Kiln Lead is responsible for safety performance of those supervised and ensures all team members adhere to safe work practices and procedures. Will constructively confront those team members who are not following the same, and reward those who are, while working in concert with the Willamina Plant Manager to establish and achieve joint safety goals.

Provides consistent steam pressure for proper operation of kilns while maintaining a high level of communication to the kiln department on flow issues. Verifies that the boiler team is meeting the needs of the kilns for the highest quality of drying.

Maintain clean and orderly work environment in all locations. This includes buildings, grounds, lunchrooms, bathrooms, and rolling stock.


Helps develop and understand the operating budget and works with the teams to achieve

TO APPLY: Click Here

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Industry Articles / Re: Model for Lumber Dry Kiln
« Last post by HencoV on June 26, 2014, 06:55:56 AM »
Looks very interesting......will apply it and give feedback
Industry Articles / Model for Lumber Dry Kiln
« Last post by admin on June 24, 2014, 09:51:22 AM »
Mike Milota from the College of Forestry Wood Science and Engineering has provided these two files below.  They make up a model for lumber dry kiln.  The kiln configuration and a drying schedule can be input and the code in the Excel file will simulate drying lumber to the specified MC or for the specified time.
When you click on the Excel file it will either open in your browser and you will be asked to open or download.
Select open to run immediately.


Select save and download both files to the same directory.  Open the Excel file.  Links in the Excel file will open and access the Word file.  The download is good for 90 days, after which the files must be downloaded again.

With either method, macros need to be enabled.  In Excel 2003, select Tools-Macro-Security-“Medium”.  In Excel 2007 or 2010, select File-Options-Trust Center-Trust Center Settings-Macro Settings-“Disable all macros with notification”.  When you open any version, you will need to reply to the security warning and allow the macros to run (a new window in Excel 2003, or at the top of the screen in Excel 2007 or 2010).

Kiln Model (Excel File):

Kiln Model Help: (Word Document):
General Discussion / Lumber Industry Forum Passes 100,000 Page Views
« Last post by admin on June 24, 2014, 08:15:23 AM »
CONTACT: Ron Smith
541.582.0541 ext. 225

Rogue River, OR (June 24, 2014) – was founded to provide lumber professionals a forum for sharing technical and industry information in the area of lumber drying and kiln processes. In April 2014, the forum passed the 100,000 page view landmark.

Lumber drying professionals are finding answers to their questions and engaging in conversations around topics including stacking practices, planer impact, drying defects, training and kiln maintenance. This gives members a place to ask questions of a technical or general nature, as well as for the forum experts to provide up-to-the-minute information across a range of industry and education issues.

Moisture management in lumber production is of critical importance for sawmills. As they relate to kiln drying and lumber quality, understanding the mill processes from the log yard through the planer mill can be a highly-technical challenge, and the forum at leads the discussion in best practices and problem-solving for kiln personnel and other industry experts. The site also offers a list of upcoming events and job opportunities.

The forum’s expert panel consists of Dr. Mike Milota of Oregon State University, Dr. Phil Mitchell of North Carolina State University, Dr. Stavros Avramidis of University of British Columbia, Pierre Asselin, ing.f, who facilitates discussions in the Canadian French language, and Timothy Duncan, Wagner Meters’ Engineering Manager. These experts provide both breadth and depth to the expertise provided through the forum and represent a solid foundation of technical and practical experience in wood drying, moisture management and lumber production practices.

To tap into this unique resource for lumber mill management and personnel, visit and become part of the discussion.
Training / Events / 2014 NHLA Convention
« Last post by admin on June 20, 2014, 08:49:49 AM »
2014 NHLA Convention

Registration Information


Convention registration includes access to the Exhibit Showcase & Trader's Alley, Keynote Speaker presentations, all educational seminars, and numerous networking events. The Hardwood Forest Foundation Golf Tournament, Spouse/Guest Event and Friday Grand Finale Vegas Spectacular are available at an additional cost.

Download the registration form here
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