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Training / Events / Dry Kiln Short Course - NC State University
« Last post by admin on February 21, 2017, 07:49:16 AM »
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General Description:
This short course is being offered by Wood Products Extension at NC State University. It 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.

Online registration and fee are required in advance. Seating is limited to 25 and final deadline to register is May 9, 2017.

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Dry Kiln Control / Better understanding statistics and variability
« Last post by TILLAMOOK on February 14, 2017, 07:55:21 AM »
How do I know when I have a kiln out of whack versus "normal" variability?
General Discussion / Re: Schedule for 3+4" Doug Fir
« Last post by MichaelM on February 14, 2017, 07:38:23 AM »
I would be inclined to use a 10F depression for the first few days to reduce the chance of checking.  Then at the end, use a 20-25F depression when the average MC is less than 20% to reduce the overdry and variability.  What you have will work, however.
Mike M.
Job Postings / Production Supervisor, Dry End - Pineland, TX
« Last post by admin on February 13, 2017, 02:39:21 PM »


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    Job Postings / Finishing End Superintendent - Thomaston, GA
    « Last post by admin on February 13, 2017, 12:44:30 PM »
    Finishing End Superintendent

    Tracking Code    1794-057

    Job Description
    Interfor is a growth-oriented lumber company with operations in Canada and the United States. We have an annual production capacity of 3 billion board feet and offer one of the most diverse lines of lumber products to customers around the world.

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    Interfor is where excellence meets opportunity. We invest in your success by positioning you alongside the best people in top quartile mill facilities located in great communities across North America. In the past decade, we’ve infused close to $1 billion into modern facilities and systems that employ the latest technologies.

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    General Discussion / Schedule for 3+4" Doug Fir
    « Last post by JakePower on February 13, 2017, 12:22:48 PM »
    I've been following this website for a while, but have never posted before this. I need to dry some 3-4" thick Douglas Fir in my Nyle Dehumid kilns to approx 15%. This is the schedule I am planning on working with and I am curious if anyone thinks i need to adjust this at all:

    % MC   DB Temp (˚F)   WB Temp (˚F)   DEP
    Above 30 %   115              96                    19
    30 to 25 %   130              108            22
    25 to 20 %   140              108            32
    20 to 15 %   150              115            35
    15 to Final %   160              115            45

    Any thoughts?
    Moisture Variability / Re: Deciding when to use equalization
    « Last post by HencoV on January 19, 2017, 05:38:02 AM »
    If your standard deviation is that high, I would first try to eliminate all factors that could cause variability. "Reverse engineering" as Ingo puts is a good start. I suspect a lot of people will be shocked to see actual wet variation!
    Always start with the basics: dimensions, air flow, heat distribution. A simple thing like one vent opening slightly more or less than the next vent on the same kiln can do funny things to air flow, energy transfer and final moisture content. Even many steps with big jumps can result in greater MC% variability.

    If the basics are right and your schedule is optimal...equalizing and conditioning should (almost) not be necessary.

    Hello Henco,

    Thanks for your reply. This is my feeling as well but I would like to have more hands on experience about the CDKs from users.

    How are things in South Africa?


    Hi Ingo,

    Welcome to the site

     It will be difficult to would need a solid experience and exposure to both technologies to identify all the advantages and disadvantages.

    At first glance however, I would prefer Linear continuous. Generally because you have better control over the drying condition in each zone than what one would expect to find in Counter flow kilns. It should be easier to speed up drying with more controllable results in Linear vs Counter flow.  This said, counter flow should be more forgiving (but not more flexible).
    Dry Kiln Maintenance / Re: Protecting Boilers
    « Last post by ingo wallocha on January 16, 2017, 02:03:19 PM »
    Hello Eric,

    What do you mean...? Can you describe your problem a little closer?


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