Lumber typically sits on sticks anywhere from two days to 28 days. The longer it sits on the sticks the less time it will need to spend in the dry kilns, however, if it sits too long discoloration and damage will occur.
We are taking advantage of the NE Iowa winds to do a large portion of our drying with free wind that is blowing through this region. By doing this we are able to reduce the amount of time the lumber needs to be in the dry kiln aided by the boiler. This allows us to dry more lumber at a lower cost.
The T sheds are a part of our drying process that provide protection from the elements while at the same time are set up to allow the wind to wick away moisture in the wood.