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Job Postings / Boiler Operator I -- Gaston, OR
« Last post by admin on April 10, 2019, 12:14:45 PM »
As a Boiler Operator I, you will operate boilers and / or kilns in an efficient and safe manner, responsibilities may include reading instruments and gauges to identify problems.  Maintain appropriate records and documentation (environmental, outputs, maintenance, and tolerances). Oversee and maintain boiler equipment – including monitoring operations and mixing needed chemicals to generate steam for dry kilns. Equipment maintenance, including washing, greasing and other maintenance functions.


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.

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 .


  • 401(k) with a 6% company match- vested IMMEDIATELY!
  • Medical / Dental / Vision Options
  • Company Profit Sharing
  • Paid Time off & 9 Paid Holidays
  • Employee Referral program; earn a $500-$1000 bonus for a successful referral
  • Wellness Program with reward incentives
  • Tuition Reimbursement, Apprenticeships, Career Development
  • Access to company owned land for recreation
  • And much more!

For more information or to apply click here.

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Training / Events / Southeastern Dry Kiln Club Spring Meeting
« Last post by admin on April 02, 2019, 11:09:06 AM »
Hold the Date !
Southeastern Dry Kiln Club Spring Meeting
Dr. Gene Wengert will give the Technical Session

WHEN:  June 13 - 14, 2019
WHERE: Marion, NC area (specifics and tours TBD)
More meeting details will be forthcoming in SEDKC Newsletter.
Technical Session Topics given by Dr. Wengert:
Review of best techniques for
 * Drying white and red oak
 * Drying hard maple and other white woods
 * Getting more uniform final MC
 * Shortening kiln residence time
« Last post by admin on March 13, 2019, 03:15:16 PM »

Job Description
West Fraser is a diversified North American wood products company producing southern yellow pine lumber and wood chips across the Southern US and Western Canada. We are the largest lumber producer in North America!

Our employees operate in a culture that values safety first and rewards hard work. We recognize and support our team culture and focus on growing our team by promoting from within – many of our employees have built their careers with us.

A Kiln Lift is a skilled level position that is responsible for operating the forklift in the kilns department that moves lumber and other materials. 

Entry level responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

Demonstrate the ability to operate kilns in a safe manner, following all safety procedures and rules including general safety rules, SWP’s, ZES, Hazard Communication and all other rules. Demonstrate the ability to be a team player by:
  • Participating in team meetings, contributing by asking questions, and listening to what is being said, being constructive and tactful with all team members, treating everyone with respect, utilizing downtime or slow time to enhance the appearance and/or productivity of work area
  • Must maintain all kiln drying records
  • Demonstrate ability to load and unload kilns using forklift
  • Must assist and coordinate in the greasing of kiln motors and cars
  • Learn and demonstrate ability to operate computer system at kilns
  • Must make adjustments on drying schedules as needed
  • Must perform daily moisture checks
  • Must demonstrate ability and willingness to assist electrical/mechanical personnel with any work in the kiln area
  • Must document problems and communicate with maintenance personnel daily
  • Demonstrate initiative and innovation be developing new ideas and initiating action and showing willingness to deviate from traditional approaches
  • Must be able to fire boiler in a safe manner
  • Must become knowledgeable of boiler controls and purpose of each
  • Learn and demonstrate emergency operating and shutdown procedures
  • Must be able to perform Basic Care
  • Must have ability to learn all equipment and be able to perform these duties
  • All other duties as assigned

Basic Care is the inspection, cleaning and adjustment of process equipment by operating personnel on a frequent basis to ensure proper equipment operation and early detection before they become equipment failures. Basic Care is an essential component in our effort to improve overall process reliability by engaging operating production employees in a systematic approach to find equipment defects before the defects can cause a failure. Making repairs to equipment, prior to failure, results in improved process availability and reduced repair cost. Basic Care along with Reliability principles will be used to reduce process failure of the equipment.

Must be able to perform the following key phases of Basic Care routes:
  • Inspection of equipment
  • Servicing and minor adjustments to the equipment (when necessary)
  • Cleaning of the equipment
  • Documentation and reporting of results

Required skills and experience include:
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Ability to work in hot, cold, dusty, and noisy industrial environment
  • Ability to bend, twist, lift, climb, stand throughout the duration of the shift
  • Ability to work rotating shifts, holidays and weekends
  • Demonstrated commitment to safety
  • Minimum of six (6) months in a manufacturing or industrial environment preferred
  • Must successfully complete a pre-employment background, drug screen, and physical

  • 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.

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General Discussion / Re: Different Types of Kiln baffling.
« Last post by JedLagoy30 on March 08, 2019, 08:54:47 AM »
Yes this is in a Continuous Kiln. Thank you for the tip on the top and bottom baffles meeting the end baffles I will keep this in mind. I will post the results of this experiment to keep everyone informed. The whole CDK is 232 feet with a heating chamber of about 116 ft. With two conditioning chambers of around 58 ft. These particular samples will be installed on a door baffle first to see if it can withstand the heat with stacks of lumber rubbing across it for 3 to 4 months on next shut down after this one coming up in June it being in Texas its going to be pretty hot by then and I should be able to collect relevant data from that and go from there. We run our kilns around 256 Degrees, in June we should be seeing temps around 260 just from ambient temp bumping up the heat. So our exiting sides should be around 230 degrees or so TDAL around 28-32.
General Discussion / Re: Different Types of Kiln baffling.
« Last post by MichaelM on March 07, 2019, 10:26:14 AM »
Is this in a continuous kiln?

I suspect the silicon baffles would work well.  Check them with the fans on to make sure they are not lifting due to the air pressure.
In a conventional kiln (noncontinuous) a difficult spot is where the bottom or top baffle meets the end baffle.  Make sure you get complete closure in those corners.

Please keep us posted on your results.

Mike M.
General Discussion / Different Types of Kiln baffling.
« Last post by JedLagoy30 on March 07, 2019, 06:58:20 AM »
Hi everyone, I'm kind of new to all this kiln drying stuff and I wanted to pick everyone's brain on kiln baffling types. We use Stainless Steel baffles, and in the top of our kiln we have brush and high temp rubber baffling. All this seems to hold up pretty well considering. What other types of baffles are available? Has anyone tried any new kind of baffle systems in the recent years? I've recently acquired some samples from another company working on a cheaper solution to baffling "High Temp Silicone" baffling which is super cheap and flexible has anyone tried this yet? I planned on putting some of these samples in my kiln after this coming shutdown to see how it would hold up in the heat. These samples will be in there for 3 to 4 months before we get a chance to look at them again. This all applies to floor baffling and door baffling as well. I think that a high temp silicon/rubber material would hold the heat better and be more flexible to incoming and outgoing packages then stainless steel or a metal material.
Impact on Planing / Re: Target size adjustments
« Last post by GeorgeCulp on February 21, 2019, 08:29:02 AM »
Standard deviations and average mc's are all good markers for change, yet in the end the highest average mc you will be able to attain will be governed by what percentage of your volume you will allow to be over your maximum allowable mc. If you allow 10% to be above the max that will allow a higher average mc than if you allow 5%, and that will allow more than if you allow 0%.

One thing though....if you, for example, will allow 10% of your volume to be over 19% (assuming for this example that is what you stamp your lumber), then if all 10% lies between 19% and say 22% that will mean one thing versus if the 10% volume lies between 19% and 26% that will mean another.

Just another way to view things. Good luck.
Training / Events / NHLA Hardwood Lumber Grading Workshop at NC State University
« Last post by admin on February 18, 2019, 12:10:41 PM »

Sponsored by the Southeastern Dry Kiln Club
June 4 – 6, 2019
NC State University
Raleigh, NC

This popular workshop gives yardmen, sawyers, edger operators, sales and office staff, as well as management level personnel an introduction to lumber inspection. This course is designed as an introduction and a refresher course of the NHLA Rules. The course will cover the fundamental of hardwood lumber inspection and will give the attendees the opportunity for hands-on application of the rules.  Contact Phil Mitchell for more information:  (919) 515-5581 or or go to the web page.
General Discussion / Re: sawdust fueled direct fired continuous dry kilns
« Last post by MichaelM on January 10, 2019, 05:29:41 PM »
I can't comment on the emissions from a direct-fire kiln.  I will say that the MACT regulations are implemented at the state level.  Any direct-fired continuous kiln is likely to be in the Southern U.S.  Their regulators may have a different take on the subject than regulators in your state (I'm assuming you're in the West when I say that).  Please let us know what you find out.
Wood Moisture Solutions
OSU, retired
Job Postings / Recaust and Kiln Area Production Leader - Perdue Hill, AL
« Last post by admin on January 10, 2019, 09:24:52 AM »
Recaust and Kiln Area Production Leader

Georgia-Pacific is currently seeking a Production Leader for our Lime Kiln / Causticizing Operation at Alabama River Cellulose in Perdue Hill, AL.  This position reports directly to the Area Leader of the Fiberline department. The successful candidate will be a self-driven individual with a passion for excellence in Safety, Manufacturing, and Customer Focus and should exhibit strong communication and leadership skills.   Long-term value is created through the application of the company’s business philosophy of Market-Based Management® & Georgia-Pacific’s Guiding Principles.

A Day In The Life Typically Includes:
  • People: Effectively manage area personnel
  • Ability to set expectations, and hold employees accountable, provides effective coaching as needed
  • Exhibits strong leadership skills with the ability to develop and encourage high levels of teamwork and participation on a diverse team
  • Actively engaged with employees and focused on development of talent
  • Supports training and development initiatives for the crew and department

Operations Excellence: Manage daily operations to achieve production goals
  • Understands and communicates goals in the areas of quality and production
  • Collaborates and knowledge shares with other departments across mill to ensure success of operational goals

Safety & Compliance: Commitment to environmental, health, & safety excellence

  • Acquires and shares knowledge of applicable standards, policies, and procedures in areas of EH&S
  • Drives a safety-focused culture, regularly engages in and encourages safety participation amongst crew including facilitating safety meetings
  • Possesses a passion for identifying and mitigating critical hazards

Demonstrates a sense of urgency and accountability in:
  • Housekeeping
  • Prioritizing and processing work
  • Supporting routine and annual outages
  • Planning, assigning, and providing follow-up of work
  • Strives for continuous improvement, recognizes opportunities to minimize and eliminate waste - follows-through to ensure achievement of results

What You Will Need:
Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelors of Science Degree
  • Minimum of three (3) years in a technical or supervisory role in a Fiberline or Utilities Area
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Word (i.e. creating documents), Excel (i.e. creating spreadsheets, utilizing formulas, & analyzing data), and Outlook (i.e. scheduling meeting invites & emailing)

What Will Put You Ahead?
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering or Paper Science
  • Experience with Kraft recovery liquor cycle
  • Experience with Microsoft PowerPoint and Project
  • Experience using Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS)

For more information or to apply click here

As one of six world-class mills in the GP Cellulose business, Alabama River Cellulose produces specialty fluff and market pulp delivered worldwide to customers for a variety of high-end used and converting technologies.  Our products are used in applications ranging from paper products to diapers and hygiene products as well as specialty applications including textiles, pharmaceuticals, food, paints and plastic molding components.

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