It is an historic era in which individuals tap into a seemingly-endless well of information on almost anything of interest. The pickings are a little slimmer for lumber professionals, because their business is so technical. But the concept of lumber moisture is of colossal importance to the lumber manufacturing industry.
New Places to Dig
Lumber mill personnel involved in the lumber drying process have a new place to dig for important information: the kiln drying forum at www.kilndrying.org. The forum is a software-driven hub for a world of questions related to drying lumber. This kiln drying forum has three professional experts to moderate questions and provide guidance.
The site is sponsored by Wagner Meters for the purpose of matching members’ questions with expert feedback on wood kiln drying issues.
Registered users create threads within wood drying topic areas, such as Dry Kiln Maintenance, Stacking/Sorting Wood, Impact on Planing, Dry Kiln Control, Moisture Variability, Drying Defects, Stain Issues, Training/ Events and General Discussion.
New Experts to Question
Kiln drying encompasses a wide variety of methods and process depending on the dimension and species of lumber being dried. That’s why Wagner Meters chose three experts in a generous cross-section of industry and education.
Dr. Joe Denig: Professor, North Carolina State University
Dr. Denig holds a Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. At NCSU, Professor Denig contributes both technical aid and leadership to the financial profitability of the primary wood products manufacturing industry. Dr. Denig’s projects range from financial evaluations of mill upgrades, evaluating sawmill scanning and optimization systems, to lumber drying technical assistance. He facilitates lumber industry round tables. Denig is a member of the Forest Products Society and serves as Treasurer of the Southeastern Dry Kiln Club.
Dr. Mike Milota: Professor – Wood Science and Engineering, Oregon State University
Dr. Milota works on projects related to drying lumber and biomass. At OSU, Milota teaches a graduate course in wood science, and an undergraduate class in manufacturing with renewable materials. Mike earned his Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Forestry from Iowa State University, and he achieved his Masters and Ph.D. credentials at Oregon State. Dr. Milota is intellectual and practical. He has over a quarter-century of forest products industry experience. Mike is a registered professional engineer in Oregon, and he coordinates OSU’s Lumber Drying Workshop held annually in December.
Timothy Duncan, Manager – Engineering and Research-and-Development, Wagner Meters
Tim is primarily responsible for Research and Development in moisture measurement systems at Wagner Meters. Tim earned his B.A. degree in Physics from the University of California (Berkeley), and an M.B.A. from Capella University. Tim spent seven years as a Programmer/Analyst with UC Berkeley’s Electronics Research Laboratory before joining Wagner in 2006. Tim also developed a core metrology statistical software suite for start-up OnWafer Technologies.
New Answers to Old Questions
So, log in to the primary forest products forum and join the universal conversation on kiln drying of wood. The lumber industry community awaits.