Lumber Drying:

  Do’s and Don’ts for Drying Lumber and Pallets - Drying Do’s and Don’ts: Lumber expert, Brian Bond of Virginia Tech, shares best practices for drying lumber and pallets.   (6/1/2014)

  Sawmill and Treating Insights: Heat Treatment and Drying Schedules for Pallets: A Pilot Study - Pilot study by Virginia Tech explores the potential to rapidly dry pallets to 25% moisture content without producing any significant pallet degrade.   (12/1/2009)

  Sawmilling & Treating Insights: Prevent, Control Powderpost Beetle Infestations in Hardwood Lumber - It seems that every spring the question comes up as to whether kiln drying kills powderpost beetles and if one can determine exactly when the wood became infested.  (7/1/2009)

  Virginia Tech Column: Desiccants Effective Way to Combat Moisture in Shipping Containers - The water that is naturally contained in wood — from when it was part of a living tree — is considered a major moisture contaminant for wood pallets and the products and packaging materials that are stored on them.  (7/1/2009)

  Sawmill & Treating Insights: Rein in Escalating Energy Costs - The forest products sector uses 12% of the total energy input for the U.S. manufacturing industry, according to the Department of Energy. This includes 5% that is consumed by the lumber manufacturing industry (hardwood and softwood sawmills). Sawmills consumed 127 trillion BTU in 2002. However, 63%-80% of the BTU was generated from wood residues.  (7/1/2008)

  Sawmill & Treating Insights: Tips to Preserve Color of ‘White’ Wood - Since color and brightness of white woods are attributes that make it attractive, it is important that such traits be maintained throughout the processes from cutting the tree through drying the lumber.  (12/1/2007)

  Sawmill and Treating Insights: Options for Small Scale Drying Operations - Many small sawmill operations look to lumber drying as a way to add value to their product and to gain entrance to new markets. Let’s face it; most purchasers of small volumes of lumber want a dried product.   (6/1/2007)

  Va. Tech Sawmill & Treating Insights: Determining the Value of Logs - Many mills approximate log values by comparing the value of the total volume and grade of products produced from a single run or multiple runs for a particular species.  (12/1/2006)

  Sawlines: Options Abound for Lumber Drying - We now come to one of the final stages in the lumber manufacturing process, namely drying. We also will introduce the terminology used in the lumber drying process.  (9/1/2005)

  Company Moves To Sterilization Kilns For Treating Pallets For Export - Indiana pallet company moves to sterilization kilns for treating pallets for export; sterilization kilns reduce cycle time associated with fumigation process.  (5/1/2003)