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General Discussion / Re: Dry kilns emissions reduction
« Last post by Keith Haigh on October 03, 2018, 05:03:23 PM »

Congratulations on the sale Ingo, I will come and visit the kiln, but you have to buy the beer !!!
General Discussion / Re: Dry kilns emissions reduction
« Last post by ingo wallocha on October 03, 2018, 04:56:33 PM »
As much as I value you opinion but there is nothing which saves more energy than a proper vent heat exchanging system. We have air/liquid heat exchangers which are maintenance free and super efficient. Our continuous kilns without heat exchangers are as energy efficient as any CDK. With heat exchangers we are up to 25% more efficient. So I suggest you wait until we have the first kilns up and running in Maine and you come and for the first time in your life see a real kiln.
So long,
Training / Events / Southeastern Dry Kiln Fall Meeting
« Last post by admin on October 02, 2018, 09:55:26 AM »
Hold the Date for the Fall 2018 Meeting of the Southeastern Dry Kiln Club

Don't forget to register for the Fall Meeting of the Southeastern Dry Kiln Club. The technical session will be hosted and a tour will be given by Jordan Lumber Company.  Jordan Lumber is a modern pine sawmill that has continuous kilns that measure moisture content during drying.  You need to come and see how this system works! We will also tour the Mohawk fiberboard plant located nearby.  The complete agenda is listed below.  The special hotel rate is guaranteed for reservations made through October 18 (see below).

FALL 2018 MEETING (Overview)
WHEN:           Thursday, Nov. 8 - Friday, Nov. 9, 2018
WHERE:         Technical Session at Jordan Lumber Human Resource Building,
                        located at 1939 NC-109, Mt. Gilead, NC 27306
Tour #1 - Jordan Lumber, Mt. Gilead, NC
Tour #2 - Mohawk Industries, Mt. Gilead, NC

Thursday - November 8, 2018
1:00 PM Technical Session
•   KDS Windsor System for Measuring Moisture Content in Continuous Dry Kilns,
 Rob Girardi, Kiln Drying Systems and Components, Hendersonville, NC.
•   Moisture Measurement and Data Analysis,
 Ron Smith, Wagner Meters, Rogue River, OR.
•   USNR Moisture Measurement System During Drying,
 Mike Sanders, USNR-Irvington Moore, Jacksonville, FL.
4:00 Troubleshooting Q & A Roundtable
 - Bring your drying problem examples
4:30 Southeastern Dry Kiln Club Business Meeting
6:00 Dinner - The Tillery Tradition Country Club, 214 Tradition Dr., Mt. Gilead, NC 27306                Dinner is sponsored by the Southeastern Dry Kiln Club
Friday - November 9, 2018
Please bring your PPE (hardhat, safety glasses, earplugs) if available.
•   Tour #1 - Jordan Lumber, Mt. Gilead, NC
•   Tour #2 - Mohawk Industries, Mt. Gilead, NC
Meeting will adjourn from Tour #2

For more information or to register click here

REGISTRATION:  To preregister download the registration form (click here).   Cutoff date to register is November 2nd.  The registration fee is $40 per person.  This includes the 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 and mail it 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 email the form to Phil Mitchell ( to let us 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 will be the HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES, 500 Leonard Avenue, Albemarle, North Carolina.  The hotel's phone number is (704) 986-2100.  You must make your own hotel reservations if you plan to attend.  Ask for the DRY KILN CLUB rate of $99.00 per room per night plus tax.  The hotel cutoff date to get this special rate is October 18, 2018.   Please make your hotel reservations now so you are not left without a room. 

Training / Events / OSU Lumber Drying Workshop
« Last post by MichaelM on September 13, 2018, 02:11:50 PM »
Oregon State University will hold the 70th annual lumber drying workshop on December 10-12, 2018.

One day will be spent on wood as a material and how it dries, culminating with drying schedules.  One day will be spent on kiln equipment, how to operate it, and how to maintain it.  One-half day will be devoted to quality control.  Throughout all parts, how the kilns connect and interact with the sawmill and planer will be covered.

More details at

Hope to see you there.
Training / Events / West Coast Dry Kiln Assciation Fall Meeting
« Last post by admin on September 13, 2018, 12:19:08 PM »
West Coast Dry Kiln Association Fall Meeting

Please make a note in your calendars! We are planning a Fall meeting for October 27.  The meeting will be held at the Bridgeside Restaurant in Cascade Locks, Oregon, followed by a kiln tour at the WKO sawmill in Carson, Washington.  Check back for more details as they become available.

You'll be in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge, which offers a great variety of lodging, food, and shopping, so this is definitely a candidate for a weekend getaway.

In addition to this web page, we will send emails to those members for which we have email addresses to keep you up to date.

Dr. Mike Milota has scheduled an OSU Dry Kiln Workshop for 2018!  Go to the links page and click the link for details.

For more information or to register, Click Here
Training / Events / GLKDA 2018 Fall Meeting
« Last post by admin on August 22, 2018, 02:17:20 PM »
Great Lakes Kiln Drying Association

The 2018 Fall Meeting will be held on Nov. 1 & 2 in Walnut Creek, OH. Mark the dates on your calendar and plan to attend. Details will be sent out in the near future.

For more information Click Here
Training / Events / Timber Processing and Energy Expo
« Last post by admin on August 01, 2018, 10:55:26 AM »
Timber Processing and Energy Expo

Registration Is Free

Portland Expo Center, Portland OR

See for more information
General Discussion / Re: Dry kilns emissions reduction
« Last post by Keith Haigh on July 18, 2018, 07:19:13 PM »
Hi Ingo,

it sounds like you are starting to believe your own marketing around vent heat exchangers.

they are and always have as much use as cat-flaps on elephant houses, just my opinion!
Keith Haigh
Job Postings / Forklift Operator - Augusta GA
« Last post by admin on June 14, 2018, 03:41:57 PM »
Forklift Operator - Augusta GA

Forklift Operator - Augusta GA

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.

Forklift responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Unload and properly place packs in the appropriate storage location.
  • Load packs on to Tilt hoist
  • Assist in lift operating procedures at the green stacker when necessary.
  • Assist in finish forklift duties whenever needed.
  • Involved in the week-end loading and unloading of the dry kilns
  • Maintaining safe work areas, collecting debris and disposing of sawdust and dropped lumber in assigned areas
  • Showing a willingness and flexibility to perform various job assignments that may change daily
  • Supporting our culture of safety by adhering to mill safety policies and procedures at all times
  • Complete equipment checks and perform preventive maintenance on equipment
Requirements include:
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Minimum of six (6) months in a manufacturing or industrial environment preferred
  • Prior industrial forklift experience
  • Ability to drive a 35,000-pound Forklift
  • Must be able to distinguish size, widths, lengths, or types of lumber.
  • Ability to work outdoors in all temperatures in loud, high volume environments performing physical tasks throughout the shift
  • Ability to perform the essential functions of the position which includes walking, standing, sitting, climbing stairs, bending and lifting up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to perform all tasks in accordance with West Fraser safety policies and procedures
  • Recognize and support our team culture, communicating effectively with all team members
  • Ability to work day or night shifts, holidays and weekends
  • Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check, drug screen test and physical
Our highly competitive compensation package includes:
  • Competitive starting pay along with on-the-job training and a culture that strongly believes in promoting from within
  • Outstanding benefits package including medical, dental, 401k, life insurance, disability, paid vacations and holidays

For more information or to apply click here

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Job Postings / Forklift Operator - Maplesville, AL
« Last post by admin on June 14, 2018, 03:32:09 PM »
Forklift Operator - Maplesville, AL


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
  • Must check kiln fans for rotation
  • 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

Must be able to perform the following key phases of Basic Care routes:
  • 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.
  • 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.West Fraser is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/V/D & Drug Free Workplace (DFW)

All persons meeting that criteria above are encourage 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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