Since 1922

Southeaster Dry Kiln Club

Promoting Professionalism and Knowledge Since 1950

Jim Caldwell, President Granite Hardwoods

Nick Girardi, Vice President Kiln Drying & Components

 

Fall 2019 Southeaster Dry Kiln Club Meeting Announced to be held jointly with OVLDA

WHEN: Wednesday, November 6 – Thursday, November 7, 2019

WHERE: Technical Session – Cardin Forest Products: 2534 Battlecreek Rd. South Pittsburg, TN 37380

Hotel & Registration: Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites – 300 Battlecreek Rd. Kimball, TN 37380

Tour #1 – Cardin Forest Products, South Pittsburg, TN 37380

Tour #2 – Brown-Forman Cooperage, Stevenson, AL 35772

 

Wednesday – November 6, 2019

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM – Registration (Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites – Kimball, TN)

12:45 PM – 1:00 PM – Drive to Technical Session at Cardin Forest Products – 2534 Battlecreek Rd. South Pittsburg, TN 37380

Technical Session at Cardin Forest Products

1:00 PM – Dr. Gene Wengert, Drying Thick Oak

2:15 PM – Dr. Rado Gazo, Industrial applications of CT scanning hardwood trees, logs and automated grading of lumber

3:15 PM – Break

3:30 PM – Bobby Ammerman, Machining Defects as they relate to lumber drying

4:30 PM – Stress Relief

5:30 PM – Dinner & Business Meeting of the OVLDA in the meeting room at Cardin. (Cardin has graciously offered to host an Alligator BBQ and supply beverafes for our meeting)

7:30 PM – Back at Hotel (Stress Relief in Hospitality Suite)

 

Thursday – November 7, 2019

Tours – Please bring your PPE (hardhat, safety glasses, earplugs) if available.

8:00 AM – Leave Hotel and Drive to Cardin Forest Products: 2534 Battlecreek Rd., South Pittsburg, TN 37380

8:10 AM – 9:40 AM – Tour Cardin Forest Products

9:40 AM – 10:00 AM – Drive to Brown-Forman: 46315 US-72, Stevenson, AL 35772

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM – Tour Brown-Forman

11:30 AM – Lunch at Sugars Ribs (in Chattanooga, TN: on your own)

 

REGISTRATION: Registration for this joint SEDKC-OVLDA meeting will be with the OVLDA. Registration fee is $60 per person with Registration Deadline of November 1, 2019 (Late registration add $20 per person). Make checks payable to Ohio Valley Lumber Drying Association. Click here for Registration Form and Meeting Details. Snacks during the break and dinner during the business meeting Wednesday night will be provided. Breakfast is provided by the hotel as part of your registration.

HOTEL: A small block of rooms has been reserved on a first come basis at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites. The room block will be released on October 23. Reservations can be made by calling the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites (reduced rate of $85.00+tax per night for the block) at 812-526-8600. Please use the group code Lumber Drying.

This message will also be posted on the SEDKC website.

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Highlights, Spring 2019 Southeastern Dry Kiln Club Meeting

by Frederik Laleicke

 

The Spring Southeastern Dry Kiln Club Meeting was held June 13 – June 14, 2019 in Marion, NC. The technical session was provided by Gene Wengert, the Wood Doctor. His presentations covered four carefully selected topics:

  • Drying Oak
  • Drying Hard Maple
  • Getting More Uniform Final MC
  • Shortening Kiln Residence Time

The brief business meeting discussed holding a joint meeting with the Ohio Valley Lumber Drying Association. Our officers will continue in their roles: Jim Caldwell, President; Nick Girardi, Vice-President; Phil Mitchell, Treasurer; and Frederik Laleicke, Secretary.

Plant tours took the attendees to three different locations. The first stop was at Northwest Hardwoods. The tour took attendees through all of the operation, most importantly their predryers and dry kilns. Learning about some of the tricks to avoid drying defects of 8/4 and 16/4 thick Oak drew a lot of attention among the group. The second stop was at WNC Dry Kilns, just a short distance from the first stop. Drying and sorting mostly yellow poplar was the main theme of this part of the tour. With dry kilns originating from the 1970s and upgraded to generate steam through wood gasification, excitement and fascination were created among the group. The final stop took Dry Kiln Club members to McDowell County Millworks. All of the attendees were extremely impressed with the tour of drying, sorting and flooring operations at the site.

The meeting concluded shortly after the tour. As always, the club meeting was an excellent opportunity to network, learn and socialize with peers. We are looking forward to the next meeting. Thanks to all attendees, presenters and companies!

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2020 DRY KILN OPERATOR’S SHORT COURSE

May 19 – 22, 2019

NC State University

Hodges Wood Products Lab

Raleigh, North Carolina 27695

 

Registration will open in January 2020. For more details contact Phil Mitchell at 919-515-5581 or phil_mitchell@ncsu.edu

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