Steam Wood Kiln, Part 2 - Steam Culture

​Here we are for this week's Steam Culture! Thanks for tuning in to part 2 of the Steam Wood Kiln episode. We are back with Tom Thompson at Salem Lumber. Today, he will walk us through the final processes of the lumber drying operation.

Without the steam wood kiln, wood could take up to 2-3 months to completely dry out, with the steam and coils the drying process only takes about 72 hours. After the drying, the wood goes into a building to be arranged and packaged to be shipped.

​Watch the video to learn more!

Questions answered in this video:
What is condensate?
Why dry wood in a kiln?
How does a steam kiln operate?
Why does steam change from a vapor to a liquid?
How long does it take for wood to completely dry out with the steam wood kiln?
How hot does a steam wood kiln get?

Key terms in this video:
Steam Culture
Steam Wood Kiln
Wood Kiln
Lumber Kiln
Wood drying techniques
Lumber drying

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