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Dry Kiln Control / Re: Better understanding statistics and variability
« Last post by PhilM on April 06, 2017, 07:42:28 AM »
To determine if your kiln is "out of whack" (which could mean different things), you need to check to see if your kiln conditions (meaning the temperature and humidity and air) in the kiln is what you actually set at the controller (eg "Get what you set").  Hopefully you have a history of kiln performance  in terms of actual kiln conditions and lumber quality.  Being able to compare what happened today with how the kiln performed in the past is a good indicator of whether the kiln is "out of whack".   If the problem is perceived "excessive degrade", then you have to separate whether it is a kiln performance issue or a kiln schedule issue.  A history of the kiln's performance will help you figure that out.
Drying Defects / Re: Agressive Schedules?
« Last post by PhilM on April 06, 2017, 07:33:35 AM »
I agree with the previous answer.  In addition, a large moisture content variability between pieces is an indication you are drying too fast.
Stacking/Sorting Wood / Tools for fixing stickers in loads
« Last post by SenecaMike on March 24, 2017, 09:13:05 AM »
What kind of tools or equipment do you use to straighten or replace sticks in your loads before drying?
General Discussion / Dry kilns emissions reduction
« Last post by SenecaMike on March 24, 2017, 09:05:41 AM »
Do you use emissions reduction equipment to reduce VOC's from your kilns?
What type of system do you use?
Drying Defects / Re: Agressive Schedules?
« Last post by HencoV on March 21, 2017, 11:21:59 AM »
Short Answer...
*excessive downgrade and/or
*dry outer shell, wet core
*longer drying times to try and get rid of wet core
please feel free to add
Drying Defects / Agressive Schedules?
« Last post by TILLAMOOK on March 17, 2017, 01:45:18 PM »
How do I know when my schedule is too aggressive?
Training / Events / GLKDA 2017 Spring Meeting
« Last post by admin on March 09, 2017, 03:18:38 PM »

2017 Spring Meeting will be April 13 & 14 in MIddlebury, IN. GLKDA will hold the Meeting in conjunction with the Ohio Valley Lumber Drying Association. For complete schedule & hotel information and for the registration form, see the Spring Meeting Brochure. Would you like to have a Tabletop Display or be a Sponsor? See the Tabletop Rental/Stress Relief Sponsorship flier.
Training / Events / Dry Kiln Operator Courses
« Last post by admin on March 09, 2017, 03:14:10 PM »
Dry Kiln Operator Courses

The dry kiln course covers the basics of kiln drying, setting up schedules, troubleshooting kiln problems, preventative maintenance, and quality control issues related to drying. The instructors for the course are SPIB Area Managers Mark Gillis and Terry Roberts. In addition kiln equipment vendors:

    Alan Robbins, USNR, kiln controls, sloped grate sawdust burner.
    Brian Kimbrough, Louisiana Steam Equipment Co., properties of steam, steam controls, and troubleshooting.
    Chris McCasky, SCS Forest Products, Inc., NMI inline moisture meter, In-Kiln Moisture detection.
    Ken Polnicky, Smithco Mfg, Inc., kiln fan PM's, trouble shooting, sizing, and balancing.
    Rob Girardi, KDS Windsor, will discuss Continuous Kilns and In-Kiln Moisture Detection.

A reception will be held immediately following class on the first day.

Who should attend: Kiln Operator, QC Technician, Maintenance Technician, Supervision.
For more information, click here.

Dry Kiln Course - Pensacola Beach, FL

Dates: 09/19/2017 to 09/20/2017
Training / Events / Kiln Drying of Hardwood Lumber Short Course
« Last post by admin on March 09, 2017, 03:11:23 PM »
Kiln Drying of Hardwood Lumber Short Course
When: June 6, 2017 9:00 AM to June 8, 2017 5:00 PM
Where: Pennsylvania Furnace, PA

Instruction at the Kiln Drying of Hardwood Lumber Short Course will include lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on experience. Wood moisture relations, kiln operation, lumber handling and storage, and drying schedule preparation will be emphasized in relation to drying of hardwood lumber.
Training / Events / Dry Kiln Short Course - NC State University
« Last post by admin on February 21, 2017, 07:49:16 AM »
Register by May 1 and receive a $50 discount!

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.

Get full details at this Dry Kiln Short Course webpage.
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