Since 1922

Southeastern Dry Kiln Club 

Promoting Professionalism and Knowledge Since 1950

Jim Caldwell, President                                               Nick Girardi, Vice-President               

Granite Hardwoods                                                      Kiln Drying Systems & Components  

Spring 2019 Meeting of the Southeastern Dry Kiln Club Announced

SPRING 2019 MEETING

 

WHEN:           Thursday, June 13 – Friday, June 14, 2019

WHERE:        Technical Session at McDowell Tech Community College,

                         634 College Drive, Marion, NC 28752

                        Room 105/106 Universal Advanced Manufacturing Bldg.

                        Tour #1 – NW Hardwoods, Marion, NC

                       Tour #2 – WNC Dry Kilns, Marion, NC

                       Tour #3 – McDowell County Millworks, Marion, NC

Thursday – June 13, 2019

1:00 PM Technical Session – Universal Advanced Mfg Bldg, McDowell Tech CC

  1. GENE WENGERT will be presenting:

Review of best techniques for…..

  •         Drying white and red oak
  •         Drying hard maple and other white woods
  •         Getting more uniform final MC
  •         Shortening kiln residence time

Dr. Wengert is former Professor and Extension Specialist at Virginia Tech and University of Wisconsin, as well as a researcher at the US Forest Products Lab. Gene teaches practical wood processing classes and seminars throughout the year for the wood products industry, including sawing, edging, grading, drying, machining and gluing. Gene is the author of eight practical books and has published over 400 articles relating to the wood products industry.

4:00 Troubleshooting Q & A Roundtable – Bring your drying problem examples

4:30 Southeastern Dry Kiln Club Business Meeting 

5:30 Social Hour 

6:00 Dinner is sponsored by the Southeastern Dry Kiln Club

 

Friday – June 14, 2019

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

  • Tour #1 – NW Hardwoods, Marion, NC
  • Tour #2 – WNC Dry Kilns, Marion, NC
  • Tour #3 – McDowell County Millworks, Marion, NC

Meeting will adjourn from Tour #3

 

REGISTRATIONClick here for Online Registration.   Cutoff date to register is June 6th.  The registration fee is $40 per person.  This includes the dinner.  There is no registration fee for spouses (or significant other) of members, or retired and lifetime members (please contact Phil Mitchell and let him know  your spouse is attending).  Contact Phil Mitchell (phil_mitchell@ncsu.edu) or 919-515-5581 with questions.

HOTEL: The meeting hotel will be the HAMPTON INN, 3560 US-221, Marion, North Carolina.  The hotel’s phone number is (828) 652-5100.  You must make your own hotel reservations if you plan to attend.  Ask for the DRY KILN CLUB rate of $103.00 per room per night plus tax. Please make your hotel reservations now so you are not left without a room.

This message will also be posted on the SEDKC website.

 

Highlights, Fall Meeting 2019

The Fall Southeastern Dry Kiln Club Meeting was held from November 8 – November 9, 2018 in Mt. Gilead, NC.

The technical sessions started with Rob and Nick Girardi giving a presentation on continuous dry kilns (CDK). They focused on the advantages of the technology and provided interesting insights to the history and development. Next was Ron Smith from Wagner Meters, who talked about moisture measurements and data analysis. He further highlighted the advantages of in-kiln moisture measurements and how they can improve the operation. Attendees were also excited to learn about moisture measurement systems during drying by Mike Sanders from USNR. His presentation led to very welcome discussions about the placement of electrodes in CDKs and allowed attendees to understand when and why measurements are important for optimal kiln control.

The business meeting covered various topics. Nick Girardi was elected new Vice-President of the Club. Jim Caldwell will remain president, with Phil Mitchell as treasurer and Frederik Laleicke as secretary.

Phil Mitchell requested a motion for the club to support an update of the Hart drying model to be converted from FORTRAN to a newer programming language. The motion was moved by Dave Paal and seconded by Dave Groom and was passed by majority vote.

2019 DRY KILN OPERATOR’S SHORT COURSE

May 14 – 17, 2019

NC State University

Hodges Wood Products Lab

Raleigh, North Carolina  27695

 

More details:  http://go.ncsu.edu/drykilncourse

Or contact Phil Mitchell at

919-515-5581 or phil_mitchell@ncsu.edu

 

2019 NHLA HARDWOOD LUMBER GRADING WORKSHOP

June 4 – 6, 2019

NC State University

Hodges Wood Products Lab

Raleigh, North Carolina  27695

 

Details: http://go.ncsu.edu/hardwoodlumbergrading

Or contact Phil Mitchell at

919-515-5581 or phil_mitchell@ncsu.edu

 

WOOD 101 SHORT COURSE

June 20, 2019

NC State University

Hodges Wood Products Lab

Raleigh, North Carolina  27695

WOOD 101 is a one day workshop designed for participants to learn about and explore numerous facets of wood and forest products.  This course is designed for those that want to know more about wood : woodworkers, hobbyiests, homeowners, DIY wood folks, consumers, and those that simply want to know more about this versatile material. Come join us in NCSU’s Hodges Wood Products Laboratory on Thursday June 20, 2019. (Pre-registration required). For registration details CLICK HERE.

 

Additional 2019 NC State Wood Products Extension Workshops

National Firewood Workshop, Epsom, NH, June 12 and 13, 2019. Contact Harry Watt for information (704) 880-3067 or Harry_Watt@ncsu.edu   CLICK HERE for registration and more information.

Upholstery Frame Design and Manufacturing Workshop, Conover, NC, planned for second Thursday in November. Contact Harry Watt for information (704) 880-3067 or Harry_Watt@ncsu.edu

Alternative Forestry Income Streams for Landowners,Tuesday, June 4, 2019, Statesville, NC. Click here for more information.

Alternative Forestry Income Streams for Landowners, Thursday, July 11, 2019, Mills River, NC. Click here for more information.

 

Sad Note 

 It is with sadness I mention the passing of David Groom this past March.  David had been attending meetings (at least) since I began here at NC State, and contributing manufacturing stories and humorous anecdotes, and contributing to the SE Dry Kiln Club with his knowledge and presence.  He attended last fall’s meeting and I don’t think any of us realized he was ill.    A partial history of his employment in the wood products industry includes:  Pennsylvania House Furniture; Gunlocke Furniture; S and H; LADD Furniture; Robert C. Byrd Wood Education Center; Bernhardt Furniture.  We will miss Dave Groom.  His obituary can be found here.

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