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Offline JMS

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Kiln Sticker Thickness
« on: September 07, 2012, 10:33:20 AM »
Is there any effect of kiln sticker thickness when drying West Coast Hemlock? 


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Re: Kiln Sticker Thickness
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2012, 03:49:59 PM »
3/4" works for most folks. 

You can get more lumber in the kiln with thinner sticks, but the drying will take a little longer.  Bassett (WDKA procedings in late 60s) suggests that the total production capacity is more or less unaffected because of this. 

A New Zealand study concluded that 5/8" or 3/4" gave about the same production and drying quality so there's probably no reason to have thicker stickers. Thinner stickers may break more in machinery so they suggested using the 3/4".

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Re: Kiln Sticker Thickness
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2012, 10:53:36 AM »
 :) Hardwoods drying here in PA...........but 3/4 seems to be the standard.

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Re: Kiln Sticker Thickness
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2012, 09:03:43 AM »
Thank you for the information.  I had someone suggest 7/8" stickers compared to 3/4" but was worried about the reduction in kiln capacity and other drying issues.  Sounds like 3/4" is the way to go.     

 


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