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General Discussion / Vacuum kilns
« Last post by admin on February 03, 2016, 11:28:38 AM »
Does anyone have any experience with vacuum kilns? We get conflicting stories on their efficiency rates for energy use and drying times vs. conventional kilns.
In addition, there seems to be advocates for continuous vacuum kilns and also for cyclic vacuum kilns. Does one have the advantage over the other in terms of efficiency or board feet capability?

(This question was fielded from the industry and posted by our admin team.)
Training / Events / Southeastern Dry Kiln Club Spring Meeting
« Last post by admin on January 28, 2016, 08:16:29 AM »
Mark Your Calendars for Spring 2016 Meeting of the Southeastern Dry Kiln Club
WHEN:  April 21 - 22, 2016
WHERE:  In the Hickory, NC area

Dr. Gene Wengert will be presenting our technical session titled:
DRYING FROM GREEN TO 25% - Practical, Non-Air-Drying Methods (Sheds, Fan Sheds and Predryers).
Gene will be discussing the design, benefits, cautions, and operating techniques of these drying methods. The technical session will be Thursday afternoon, April 21, and plant tours will follow on Friday, April 22. More details in the future at the SEDKC website.
Training / Events / Dry Kiln Operator's Short Course
« Last post by admin on January 28, 2016, 08:12:40 AM »
2016 Dry Kiln Operator's Short Course
May 17-20, 2016
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, North Carolina

Registration fee details coming soon.....

Course Backgound:
This short course will provide practical knowledge about how lumber is effectively kiln dried and scientific background on related wood properties and processes. It will have value for the beginner as well as experienced kiln operators and with supervisors, sales, and marketing personnel. Instruction, by university faculty and industry experts, will be both in the classroom and through hands-on lab exercises using our 1000 BF steam heated dry kiln.

Short Course Tentative Topics:
  • Methods of Determining Moisture Content
  • Selecting Kiln Samples
  • Wood Structure and Drying
  • Shrinkage and Wood Moisture Relations
  • Temperature, Relative Humidity, Moisture Content
  • Drying Schedules
  • Drying Stresses and Defects
  • Equalizing and Conditioning and Kiln Overheating
  • Basic Kiln Features
  • Controllers / Recorders Function & Maintenance
  • Trouble Shooting Using Kiln Charts
  • Kiln Maintenance for Operators
  • Air Drying Principles
  • Moisture Meters and Auxillary Equipment

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

Location and Lodging:
The short course will take place in Jordan Hall Addition and the 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 Click Here
Training / Events / 13th International IUFRO Wood Drying Conference
« Last post by HencoV on January 27, 2016, 06:06:13 AM »

September 5-9, 2016 Istanbul, TURKEY.

Whom of you will be attending?
News / News from the 6th annual Missouri Governor’s Conference on Agriculture
« Last post by admin on January 25, 2016, 10:15:34 AM »
A report from the 6th annual Missouri Governor’s Conference on Agriculture reveals that,“To support our export market the Missouri Department of Agriculture worked with the Missouri Forest Products Association to develop a kiln dried certification program for producers,” Murray said. “This helped streamline the process of phytosanitary requirements and specifications for shipping lumber worldwide.”

Doug Rich can be reached at 785-749-5304 or

The full report is available here:
Job Postings / Mill Manager - VA
« Last post by admin on January 14, 2016, 09:57:00 AM »
Mill Manager - VA(26)

Bachelor's Degree

Job Description
The successful candidate will be responsible to direct and manage all sawmill and kiln operations with overall responsibilities for safety, production, hiring and training of employees, maintenance, quality, and other production-related activities.

Key purposes of this position include:
  • Direct and manage all sawmill and kiln operations in the areas of safety, production, maintenance, and quality.
  • Striving to continuously improve all areas of mill performance

Responsibilities Include:
  • Coordinate mill activities with buyers, lumber sales, and Corporate drying operations to ensure the total manufacturing objectives are accomplished in a timely and cost effective manner.
  • Ensure the safe operation of the mill by training employees in safe practices and eliminating or controlling safety hazards. Be aware of VOSH regulations and maintain mill in accordance withal local, state, and federal rules and regulations.
  • Control operating expenditures, manpower, wages and salaries of mill workers.
  • Establish and monitor overall plant performance for production and quality standards.  Monitor sawing of lumber to ensure logs are used for their highest and best use and waste is minimized.  Inspect lumber production to ensure the equipment is maintained and sawing is done in a manner to minimize production of thick and thin lumber.
  • Maintain a preventative maintenance plan focused on eliminating or reducing downtime.
  • Manage capital asset maintenance.
  • Control and minimize labor overtime and repair expenses.
  • Maintain existing plant facilities and equipment; replace, or make adjustments to plant facilities and equipment when necessary.
  • Provide leadership and training to accomplish the company goals and objectives.
  • Enforce mill organization and housekeeping cleanliness among mill personnel.
  • Provide direction, development and leadership to mill supervisors.
  • Encourage and foster a sense of high, positive morale among the workforce.

Job Requirements
  • 4-year degree, in a related field is a plus, but not required
  • 5+ years of  related management work experience desired
  • Proven ability to respectfully manage a diverse workforce
  • Proficient in MS Excel, Word, and Outlook

Please review the attachments prior to applying to the job.
Additional Information - Physical Demands Form - Yard / Mill

For more information or to apply click here

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Job Postings / Boiler Operator, Gwinn, MI
« Last post by admin on January 14, 2016, 09:35:02 AM »
Boiler Operator - Gwinn, MI

Potlatch is an EEO/Affirmative Action/Male/Female/Veteran/Disable Employer

The purpose of this position is to operate two wood-fired boilers and one gas-fired boiler to provide steam to operate the kilns and heat the mill 24/7.
  • Monitors pressure, steam flow, water P.H. and overall performance of the boilers to identify potential warning signs and failures.
  • Controls input of fuel and output temperature and pressure.
  • Adds salt for water softeners.
  • Performs daily cleaning of the boilers and boiler work area and basic maintenance on the boilers including lubrication, chain adjustments and disposal of clinkers.
  • Monitors the wood byproduct/chips coming in on conveyors to ensure an even flow.
  • Operates a forklift as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by shift supervisor.

Basic Qualifications
  • Experience with wood-fired and gas-fired boilers.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Ability to obtain a forklift license.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • A good attendance, work and safety record.

For more information or to apply click here

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Job Postings / Kiln/Boiler Operator, Moyie Springs, ID
« Last post by admin on January 14, 2016, 09:27:42 AM »

Built on Tradition
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
  • Must be available to work weekends and holidays.  Actual days/shift to be discussed at interview.

  • 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 preferred, but willing to train someone with a simular work 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, 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.

For more information or to apply click here

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Stacking/Sorting Wood / Re: Kiln Weights
« Last post by MichaelM on December 23, 2015, 09:20:51 AM »

Some people would tell you that 200 pounds per square foot are required.

We have good results with 50 lb/ft2  in our lab kiln.  This is about 4" of concrete. 

Everything else should be done well before using weight.  Stickers every two feet, stickers aligned vertically, bunk above/below stickers, and the kiln cart supports located directly under the stickers.

Just having something over the pile probably helps keep the air flowing through the unit.  Most kiln tracks are baffled on one side only.  In a unit where the boards are not tight sided-to-side, air can move between the board edges up to the next sticker slot or up above the load (like having an unclosed chimney).  The weights probably help reduce this too. 

There are a few mills in the PNW and more in the SE using weights, maybe someone from one of the mills has something to add?

Mike M.
Stacking/Sorting Wood / Kiln Weights
« Last post by jamesl on December 22, 2015, 10:48:20 AM »
How much weight per square foot is required for Kiln Weights to be effective?
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