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Agenda
2015 Kiln Drying Workshop

Tentative agenda.

Monday, January 5
9:00 a.m. Check-in and Continental Breakfast
9:30

Wood and Drying Fundamentals

  • Importance of Kiln Drying
  • Wood-Water Relations
  • Wood Structure, Anatomy and Properties
  • Moisture Determination
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00

Wood and Drying Fundamentals

  • Moisture Meters and Their Effective Use
  • Wood Shrinkage
  • Drying Degrade
  • Kiln Drying Specifications
  • Lab Exercise - Kiln Operation
5:00 Dinner (Dinosaur BBQ)
Tuesday, January 6
8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:15

Managing Drying Operations

  • Managing Wood Drying Operations
  • Air and Predrying
  • Kiln Instrumentation
  • Controlling Kiln Operation
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00

Managing Drying Operations

  • Steam Basics and Utilization
  • Kiln Types - Steam, Dehumidification, Direct Fire, Vacuum
  • Preparation for Drying
  • Lab Exercise - Kiln Operation
5:00 Dinner on your own
Wednesday, January 7
8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:15

Drying Kiln Operation and Maintenance

  • Kiln Schedules: Use and Modification
  • Kiln Start-Up Procedures
  • Dry Kiln Operation - Controllers, Mechanical Components, and Maintenance
  • Dehumidification Kiln Drying
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00

Drying Kiln Operation and Maintenance

  • Safety and Health Issues
  • Lumber Stacking and Kiln Loading
  • Drying Maple and White Woods
  • Drying Oak and Related Hardwoods
  • Drying Pine
  • Lab Exercise - Kiln Operation, Sample Monitoring, Schedule Modification
5:00 Dinner on your own
Thursday, January 8
8:00 Continental Breakfast
8:15

Lumber Quality

  • Equalizing
  • Drying Stress Development and Conditioning
  • Wood Decay, Fungi, Stain and Mold
  • Effect of Air Velocity on Drying
  • Control of Warp, Checking, Splitting, Honeycomb
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00

Lumber Quality

  • Statistical Process Control - Kiln, Lumber and Moisture Sampling
  • Lumber Storage and Moisture Control
  • Redrying Wetted Lumber
  • Conserving Energy in Kiln Operations
  • Wood Resource Issues
3:30 Course concludes

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