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FPInnovations, Maritime College of Forest Technology hosting SPF kiln operator course

February 28, 2020  By FPInnovations, Maritime College of Forest Technology

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FPInnovations and the Maritime College of Forest Technology are putting on a Spruce-Pine-Fir Kiln Operator Course from June 9-11 at the Hugh John Flemming Forestry Centre in Fredericton.

The course will provide a thorough review of the basic principles involved in lumber drying. The course will progress from a presentation of the fundamentals of wood drying to the day-to-day operation of a dry kiln. Emphasis will be on drying SPF for dimension lumber, however, time will be dedicated to discussing drying requirements or implications for products such as MSR, glulam, CLT, and finger-jointed lumber. Both conventional temperature (up to 190 F) and high temperature (up to 240 F) drying will be discussed.

This course is equivalent to 18 Continuing Forestry Education (CFE) credits. Upon course completion, all participants will receive a certificate for verification purposes.

Who should attend?

The course is designed for new or experienced kiln operators, quality control personnel, and their immediate supervisors. It is also open to anyone else who feels they would benefit from a better understanding of the factors that affect a drying operations productivity and profitability.


Course instructors

Peter Garrahan, Garrahan Consulting, well known expert wood drying scientist with over 30 years of experience in industrial drying systems and wood drying research. Peter is a regular instructor with kiln operator courses in various regions of Eastern Canada.

Marc Savard, FPInnovations, well known expert wood drying scientist with over 20 years’ experience in research and testing on the drying of Eastern SPF. Marc regularly presents seminars and workshops on lumber drying.

Registration fee – $1,850 (Plus HST)

Includes instructional material, kiln operator’s manual “Drying Spruce-Pine-Fir Lumber”, handouts, daily refreshment breaks, and lunch.

Course enrolment is limited to 25 students.

For information and the registration form, contact:

Fred Nott
(506) 451-6987


Todd MacPherson
(506) 458-0649

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