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When drying hardwoods, we want the MC of the wettest pieces and not the average for a load.  So, we need to weigh individual samples.  I have yet to see a small load cell that can tolerate kiln conditions and not drift or lose calibration.  I built a load cell kiln back in 1986.  I saw one load cell kiln that had the cells on the outside with a wire running into the kiln and a sample was hung from the wire.
Drying and Processing / Re: Sterilizing barn wood

« Last post by GeneWengert-WoodDoc on Today at 02:13:04 AM »
For a one-shot deal, rent a trailer and use an electric heater that will run up to about 150F.

To sterilize, we need 133F within the lumber.  Most solar kiln come close in the hot summer, but are not perfect.  For frequent sterilization, including pallets, build an insulated room with insulation that can withstand 150 F.  Use smoke alarms and other safety features.  Keep it away from home and shop.
Drying and Processing / Re: nyle L200

« Last post by GeneWengert-WoodDoc on Today at 02:04:13 AM »
A refrigeration technician could best evaluate this.  Running it with low Freon or other issues can damage the unit.  Although the timer system works, it is advisable to get an RH and temperature probe that can be used in the kiln.  Consider Delmhorst HT 3000 or similar.
An ideal sticker material are 1x2 strips from a lumber supply place like Home Depot.  Their actual size is 3/4" x 1-1/2".

The white streaks under the sticker results because the wood under the sticker dried faster than the wood between the stickers.  Faster drying is whiter.  This defect, called reverse sticker shadow or reverse sticker stain, is usually quite shallow.  Note that slow drying between the stickers can be because of rainy weather or high humidity.  This reverse sticker stain is more likely in logs that have been stored rather than from freshly cut logs and lumber.

For future reference, we usually like the width to be obviously wider than the thickness, so that the sticker is placed with 3/4" is vertical.  So, 1" is a bit too close to 3/4".  A wider sticker is also a bit stronger, so breakage is reduced.  Always keep unused stickers out of the rain.

Sawmills and Milling / Re: Just another day in Paradise

« Last post by Busysawyer on Today at 12:52:56 AM »
There are definitely days I could use more muscle in the lifting dept . Today for example I had to split a stack of walnut that my bobcat wouldn't lift. I could get it to lift about 2ft but no more. I made a flat stack, no stickers 5ft x 4ft of 11 and 12ft 5/4 and had to scramble to split it so I could get it to the grader in time to get a check this week. My equipment has been pretty good so far.  The mill has had some bugs but with the help of the forumites and woodmizer it seems to be running smooth now. I had some intermittent problems that seem to have been solved with a new ECU. Nothing that's kept me from running, just some hiccups now and then. Anybody who ever turned wrenches knows it's the intermittent problems that are the hardest to solve. When something is flat out broken it's usually pretty easy to diagnose.  The edger has already saved me a ton of time . I don't know how the gas ones are for power but the diesel doesn't even sound like its breaking a sweat feeding it 5/4 walnut or 4/4 hickory and hard maple.  
Sawmills and Milling / Re: Just another day in Paradise

« Last post by PAmizerman on Today at 12:29:50 AM »
If you were closer busy Beaver we could swap equipment back and forth :D
I'd love to get set up with an edger.
How's you're new equipment working out for you?
Sawmills and Milling / Re: Just another day in Paradise

« Last post by Busysawyer on Today at 12:23:42 AM »
Very nice. I have equipment envy, yours is bigger than mine. I wanted a skytrack but couldn't find one in my price range that wasn't old and ragged out or had a ton of hours. We have had the opposite problem here in west Michigan  hot and humid with little to no rain in weeks. I'm working in a dust bowl over here.
General Board / New sign on property

« Last post by bigtrees on Today at 12:10:52 AM »
Dad and I went out and installed a sign on our tree farm. I will say the rock is a pretty cool backdrop. We spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to mount the sign to the rock itself, but in the end, decided in front of the rock would be fine.

Forestry and Logging / Re: Diesel Engine Shutting Down

« Last post by Stuart Caruk on Yesterday at 11:53:01 PM »
I had the same problem on a 500C once. IT would run great, then quit for no good reason. After many frustrating tries, I pulled the main tank and fittings. Turned out there were several pieces of red plastic... trimmings from a 5 gallon fuel can I had recently bought. They got in the tank, and would clear out when I blew the line backwards, but then get caught up in the 90 degree bends of the fittings and block the fuel flow. It sound like you have issues on the low pressure side of the fuel system.

Good Luck.
Sawmills and Milling / Just another day in Paradise

« Last post by PAmizerman on Yesterday at 11:51:57 PM »
I figured its about time I started my own milling thread. Everyone please feel free to post in this thread.

So Western PA has been extremely rainy this year. This week has been no different.
I came out to the mill yard yesterday after 4.25 inches of rain in about 36 hours to find this


Luckily there was no damage to the lumber. So I took five minutes and got it cleaned up


 I set it aside to be sawn into firewood later and got back to sawing and finished the 4x17 beams I was working on

Chainsaws / Re: new to me grinder

« Last post by HolmenTree on Yesterday at 11:32:02 PM »
Not doubting you trapper. I was making a statement how much I like the old Windsor product.
Drying and Processing / Re: Sterilizing barn wood

« Last post by YellowHammer on Yesterday at 10:50:58 PM »
Id wait until your next load in the kiln need sterilization, then piggy back this mini load on top of yours.  I do this for some of my customers and works fine.  Normally, I piggyback the load when the current load is a couple percent above ideal MC, so I can physically insert it on top of my current kiln load, bring the MC down a couple percent to synchronize it with my load, and go right to sterilization.  
General Board / Re: Treehugger from Memphis TN Says Hey!

« Last post by Jeff on Yesterday at 10:45:33 PM »
Formally Urbanlogger,
Which one do you want to be?  You have over 800 posts on the other username and it is a violation of Forestry Forum rules to have multiple logins. If you can't get in on the other we will fix it, if you want this name, we can change it, but this login has to go.
Drying and Processing / Re: nyle L200

« Last post by YellowHammer on Yesterday at 10:41:36 PM »
Id hook it up and see if the compressor, seals and Fren charge are still good.  It appears to have the basic timer controller, where the compressor duty cycle is set in minutes of the hour, and the temperature probe doesnt control much except displaying and controlling the temperature in the kiln, and forcing a minimum temperature, mine is factory set at 80, that the kiln must reach before the compressor can kick in.

If its running, you could sell it pretty easy.  Or you could build a really big food dehydrator.   :D
Wanted / Re: 2" walnut boards

« Last post by Busysawyer on Yesterday at 10:35:27 PM »
It was easy for me. I'm not sure how much trouble it was on Jeff's end but it sure didn't take him long to get it done. 
Chainsaws / Re: new to me grinder

« Last post by trapper on Yesterday at 10:13:05 PM »
that is what the label on it says it is
Forestry and Logging / Re: Timberjack 230 JD 440 Info

« Last post by 78NHTFY on Yesterday at 10:10:30 PM »
Agree on the pass.  Gave 11k for mine; rebuilt hydraulic cyl's; brakes; steering; installed new hyd cooler; and some other stuff so now have 13.5k into it including paint.  With the hours I'll put on it, it should last me my lifetime.  Here's a pic, which I've posted recently.  All the best, Rob.

Sawmills and Milling / Re: Whatcha Sawin' ???

« Last post by Magicman on Yesterday at 10:08:20 PM »
Nice load of Walnut.  :)

I'll also mention that your "user name" change from Busybeaver to Busysawyer was a very honorable thing that you agreed to do.  It distinguishes you from another member; @Busy Beaver Lumber and will eliminate any possible confusion in the future.
Technical Support Topics / Re: Staying in a thread.... and... and...

« Last post by IMERC on Yesterday at 10:06:29 PM »
thank you..
Sawmills and Milling / Re: Post Oak in East Texas

« Last post by Geotech on Yesterday at 10:02:37 PM »
My property is in Ben Wheeler.
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