The kiln facility is housed in a tilt up concrete building with concrete flat roof. The kiln consists of seven (7) independent side loading chambers which can accommodate 5 rows of stacked lumber for drying. Of the 7 kilns, three (3) are rated for 175,000 board feet and four (4) are rated for 100,000 board feet. Each kiln has its own manual controller which directs the requirements for direct gas fired heat based on wet and dry bulb temperature settings. The kiln drying process benefits from two (2) boilers that produce steam for lumber conditioning. Significant experience in the management group provides comprehensive drying schedules to ensure customers continue to be highly satisfied with drying results.
Southcoast has new kiln PLC controllers that utilize new VFDs to control fan speed during drying schedules in conjunction with a leading edge energy management system. This new technology will further enhance our kiln drying performance.