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Drying Defects / Re: Agressive Schedules?
« Last post by DrykilnsMan on May 23, 2017, 10:23:34 AM »
Make sure your not running out of control, i.e. vents fully open & current wet bulb set points not being achieved. Same goes for dry bulb set points.
Training / Events / 5-day Kiln Drying Seminar - October 16-20, 2017
« Last post by UBCcawp on May 23, 2017, 09:57:14 AM »
UBC - Centre for Advanced Wood Processing will be hosting a comprehensive, hands-on workshop on drying technology.  This highly regarded workshop discusses the key processes and concepts involved in drying wood.  Beginning with wood properties and moisture movement, students will become familiar with kiln design considerations, drying schedules and kiln loading considerations.  Other topics include drying with air, drying degrade, lumber storage and handling, control systems and power plants. 
For more information, please visit our website at  or contact Jason Chiu @

UBC- Centre for Advanced Wood Processing
2900-2424 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC
Tel: 604 822-0082
General Discussion / ISPM15 Audit critera / guidelines
« Last post by HencoV on May 12, 2017, 01:03:20 PM »
Does anyone here know where I can get hold of the actual ISPM15 audit guidelines that must be adhered to before a heat treatment facility can be certified to comply with the standard? Our government department that is supposed to do this cannot provide such a document, keep shifting the goal posts and keep and keep asking for ridiculous achievements to be accomplished...honestly..the inspector cannot tell the difference between a temperature probe and football.

My understanding is that is must be proven that the core temperature of the timber must be measured and recorded at 56 Deg C or above for 30 consecutive uninterrupted minutes.  Our inspectors are asking for up to 12 probes at different positions in the kiln of 7 x 4 meters holding less than 10 cubic meters....?

Please assist..

Planning for a Spring Meeting is under way!  We have tentatively set a date of Saturday, June 3 for a meeting in North Plains, Oregon (just a few miles North of Hillsboro).  You can expect a tour of the kilns at Oregon-Canadian Forest Products following a technical session and hosted lunch.  Further details will be posted here as arrangements are confirmed, and a formal meeting notice will be sent during the first half of May.

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Job Postings / Dry Kiln Operator - Ladede, ID
« Last post by admin on May 10, 2017, 02:25:48 PM »

To operate/maintain a steam dry kiln 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.  Load and unload dry kilns in accordance with IDFG quality standards. Insure that moisture content meets ALS standards for kiln dried lumber. Change kilns as required. Follow procedures of spotter and unloading first cart.  Fill out daily operators report. Program and montior computers. Maintain dry kilns. Clean up dry and green yards. Maintain yards by replacing defective pile bottoms. Maintain kiln carts. Abide by all IDFG yarding, forklift, and quality policys. Shovel and or plow snow as needed. Sand as needed.

  • 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

  • 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.
  • Kiln Experience is prefered, forklift experience a plus.

QUALIFICATIONS PREFERED:   Forklift certification. computer skills. ability to work with minimal instruction. self starter. willing to work overtime. willing to train as boiler operator relief..

Total Rewards

We understand the value of our team members 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, Annual Incentive Plan, Wellness programs, Life and Disability protection, 401(k) benefits, PTO, 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.

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« Last post by admin on May 10, 2017, 02:03:40 PM »

West Fraser operates several sawmills across the U.S. South and a Corporate office in Germantown, Tennessee. The business has approximately 2,400 employees and fifteen plants.  West Fraser is a wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of West Fraser Timber Co. LTD., Canada.

Skills Required:

  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Good math skills including reading a tape measure
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Excellent attendance and safety record
  • Ability to work alone
  • Must have completed fork lift training and obtained drivers certification
  • Ability to learn basic computer related operating skills
  • Ability to perform the physical and safety requirements that make up the essential functions of this job.
  • Working in tight, close spaces, and hot areas for a short period of time
  • Climbing ladders and working in elevated areas
  • Must be a team player by: A) Participating in team meetings. Contributing by asking questions and listening to what is being said. B) Treating everyone with respect. C) Being constructive and tactful with all team members. D) Utilizing downtime or slow time to enhance the appearance of work area.
  • Must demonstrate the ability to consistently operate the kilns efficiently.
  • Maintain all kiln drying records.
  • Loads and unloads kilns in a timely manner.
  • Greases kiln motors and cars.
  • Checks fans for rotation.
  • Check kiln traps.
  • Must learn and demonstrates the ability to operate computer system at kilns.
  • Makes adjustments on drying schedules as needed.
  • Maintain acceptable moisture content according to SPIB.
  • Performs daily moisture checks and maintenance on the kilns.
  • Demonstrate ability to trouble shoot problems in the kiln area and communicate problems to maintenance daily

Job Duties include but not limited to:
  • Perform all job assignments in an effective and timely manner with minimal supervision
  • Willing to work varied shifts, weekends, and holidays
  • Operate job-specific equipment required by this job in an efficient and safe manner including cutting sticks using Hotec saw.
  • Repair kiln cars
  • Monitor drying process to obtain correct moisture content on lumber
  • Operate dry transfer car
  • Complete all check lists and mechanical repairs pertaining to this job
  • Complete all quality control and environmental requirements of this job function
  • Perform all ZES and confine space procedures
  • Perform the following key phases of Basic Care routes: 1) Inspection of the equipment; 2) Servicing and minor adjustments to the equipment (when necessary); 3) Cleaning of the equipment; 4) Documentation and reporting of results

West Fraser offers competitive benefits including, medical, dental, life insurance, disability, and 401-k savings plans.

All persons meeting that criteria above are encouraged to apply, however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted. Applications will not be accepted at the location.  No phone inquiries, please.

For more information or to apply click here

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Job Postings / Kiln Operator Trainee - Philomath, OR -- Revised 5/10/17
« Last post by admin on May 10, 2017, 12:56:17 PM »

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific is one of the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of building products, tissue, packaging, paper, cellulose and related chemicals. The company employs more than 30,000 people at approximately 300 locations in North and South America.
Georgia-Pacific’s Philomath, Oregon facility is seeking a dedicated and reliable employee to fill our Forklift/Kiln Operator Trainee. Pay begins at $17.19 per hour.
Basic qualifications include:
  • Must be forklift certified to ensure kiln charges are loaded and broken down.
  • Must be able to work outside in all weather conditions and work weekends and holidays when needed.
  • Must be able to adhere to plant and departmental safety and environmental guidelines, policies and procedures.
  • Must be able to operate the Verticut and perform maintenance when kilns are not operating.
  • Work schedule is every other Thursday 6pm-6am and Fri-Sat-Sun 6pm-6am.

Must be able to read, write, speak and comprehend basic English in order to cross train and fill in at a variety of job locations.
Prior experience working in a sawmill, with similar equipment or in similar industrial production jobs will be a benefit when competing for this position but is not necessary.
All candidates must be team oriented, motivated and actively participate in and promote a safe working environment. Must be capable of wearing all OSHA mandated safety equipment required for this job.

For more information click here

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General Discussion / Dry Bulb & Wet bulb hygrometer or RH/EMC Probe for control
« Last post by HencoV on May 03, 2017, 08:51:37 AM »
Hi Guys,

I have always had some reservations about using RH/EMC probes instead of Wet Bulbs for control. This, in my opinion is probably because the controls I came across that uses RH/EMC control was very slow to react, and "over vented" from an early stage in drying. I suspect it was a lack of proper understanding of the programmer on the effect of RH on venting and energy usage. put my own internal conflict at rest, I decided to run some tests

I'm busy running a comparison in one of our kilns using both Wet Bulb, as well as RH probe for control purposes to try and establish the best way forward.  I'll will post my findings here in a month or so.

In the mean time:What are your views, pros & cons of each of these technologies. From a control and accuracy point of view, which would you rate best? Share your experience please
Training / Events / Southeastern Dry Kiln Club - Spring Meeting
« Last post by DebbieBoyd on May 02, 2017, 08:34:29 AM »

WHEN:           Thursday, June 8 - Friday, June 9, 2017

WHERE:         Technical Session at Holiday Inn Express, 1350 W Atlantic St, Emporia, VA
SEDKC Sponsored Dinner at Carolina BBQ & Chicken, Emporia, VA
Virginia Carolina Forest Products, Lawrenceville, VA
Ontario Hardwoods, Keysville, VA
Planning for the 2017 Spring Meeting is nearly complete. 

Thursday - June 8, 2017
1:00 PM Technical Session

•   Wood-Destroying Beetles - a Boring Subject, by Mike Waldvogel, NC State University, Raleigh, NC.
•   Thermally Treated Wood: Properties and Process, by Dan Mathews, SII Dry Kilns, Lexington, NC
•   Hygroscopic Issues of Installed Hardwood Flooring, by David Paal, Premier Flooring, Gainesville, GA

4:00 Troubleshooting Q & A Roundtable
4:30 Southeastern Dry Kiln Club Business Meeting
6:00 Dinner at the Carolina BBQ & Chicken, 1395 Skippers Rd, Emporia, VA
Sponsored by the Southeastern Dry Kiln Club
Friday - June 9, 2017
Plant Tours

•   Tour #1 - Virginia Carolina Forest Products, Lawrenceville, VA
•   Tour #2 - Ontario Hardwoods, Keysville, VA

Meeting will adjourn from Ontario Hardwoods.

REGISTRATION: To preregister download the registration form (click here).   Cutoff date to register is May 31st.  The registration fee is $30 per person.  This includes the meeting space and dinner.   There is no registration fee for spouses (or significant other) of members, or retired and lifetime members.  Please prepay by sending a check payable to the Southeastern Dry Kiln Club to Phil Mitchell, NC State University, Campus Box 8003, Raleigh, NC  27695-8003.  You can either FAX the completed form to (919-515-6302) or let Phil Mitchell (at 919-515-5581 or know you are coming so that we can plan the dinner. You can still pay (cash or check) at the door, but it makes our job easier if you pay-in-advance. 
HOTEL: The meeting hotel where we will have dinner is the HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS, 1350 W. Atlantic St., Emporia, VA 23847.  The hotel's phone number is (434) 336-9999.  You must make your own hotel reservations if you plan to attend.  Ask for the SE DRY KILN CLUB rate of $103.00 per room per night plus tax.  The hotel cutoff date to get this special rate is May 20th.   Please make your hotel reservations now so you are not left without a room. 
This message will also be posted on the SEDKC website.


If you signed up last year as an SEDKC member and received the 2016 SEDKC membership directory your name and company details will carry over to the 2017 SEDKC Membership Directory unless you update it or let me know that I need to delete it.  Remember, there is no cost to be an SEDKC member.  Those who have not joined can sign up now for the 2017 SEDKC Membership Directory.  Simply fill out the form and tell us about your lumber drying equipment and capacity.  If you do not dry lumber but have an interest in lumber drying, you can still be a member...if you fill out the form.

To reach the membership form go to
Moisture Variability / New Logs vs. Older Logs
« Last post by TILLAMOOK on April 24, 2017, 09:33:37 AM »
New logs versus older logs:  How does your mill deal with this?  Separate out?
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