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    Author(s): M. R. Milota; J. D. Danielson; R. S. Boone; D. W. Huber
    Source: (General technical report FPL ; IMP-GTR-1):50 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
    Station: Forest Products Laboratory
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    The IMPROVE Lumber Drying Program is intended to increase awareness of the lumber drying system as a critical component in the manufacture of quality lumber. One objective of the program is to provide easy-to-use tools that a kiln operator can use to maintain an efficient kiln operation and therefore contribute to lumber drying quality. This report is one component of the IMPROVE Program. It contains a guidebook1checklist for drying quality softwood that kiln operators or management can use to readily evaluate how well their operations rate on those factors that most strongly affect drying quality, with particular emphasis on kiln operation and maintenance and lumber handling. Appendix 1 contains a summary checklist for easy duplication and filing. Appendix 2 contains the same checklist items; however, the information is arranged by drying system components for convenience in checking individual components.

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    Milota, M. R.; Danielson, J. D.; Boone, R. S.; Huber, D. W. Quality drying of softwood lumber : guidebook - checklist. (General technical report FPL ; IMP-GTR-1):50 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.


    Drying, Stacking, Softwoods, Wood defects, Lumber, Kilns, Handbooks, Seasoning

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