Before lumber can be dried it needs to be put on sticks. At the sticking machine we put sticks in between each layer to allow air to flow thru.
The green lumber is brought from the mill to the stick building. At the stick building it is loaded on a conveyor and moves to our stick machine. The lumber is raised up and one layer at a time falls off the stack onto to the stick machine conveyor. It moves ahead to the end of the conveyor where sticks are added by hand. Different species require different styles of sticks and different spacing intervals. This is repeated until the entire pack is on sticks. The stuck pack then follows a conveyor to the loading area where it is moved by lift to one of our T-Sheds.
It is important that the sticks are laid straight to prevent damage to the lumber in the piles.
After drying, lumber is taken off the sticks and packaged for shipment using the same machine that was used to put the sticks in.