This online (instructor-led) hybrid course introduces the fundamentals of kiln lumber drying and provides a basic understanding of wood and how to dry it. This class offers practical, up-to-date information on wood properties and how wood dries. Students will learn how steam-heated and dehumidification kilns are made, operated and maintained, and how to create and modify kiln schedules for different species. Drying to meet the European quality standards and heat treating standards will also be discussed. Students will participate in (4) interactive video conference sessions with the instructor.
What to Expect
- Air/Water & Wood
- Moisture Content
- Drying Equipment & Methods
- Scales and Calculations
- Relative/Absolute Humidity
- Kiln Process
- Cooling and Related Systems
This instructor-led online course is offered through North Idaho College’s Canvas system. The course consists of 2-3 hours of online study per week, module assessments and student interaction. Students will be required to participate in 3-4 interactive sessions with the instructor. The interactive sessions will be conducted through Zoom Video Conferencing.
Video Conferencing sessions will be from 8:30 am-10:30 am on October 21, November 4, November 18, and December 9.
Student Resources: Important Links
Zoom Video Conference System Requirements
- An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
- Speakers and a microphone – built-in or USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth
- A webcam or HD webcam - built-in or USB plug-in
- Or, a HD cam or HD camcorder with video capture card