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Motivating a drying plant5/15
I've heard that in the USA, some sawmills only "saw" with a separate business entity running the kilns on the same site, or just adjacent to it. If true, this makes sense as the saw miller can focus on what he does best, and so can the dryer.... possibly a perfect symbiotic relationship?
I am busy drawing up a proposal for a smallish "wet-off" processing plant to build kilns on their site and dry all their lumber for them on a contact basis. (± 2000m3 /month , 850 MBF / month)
May I ask that people reading this thread give me their inputs, and motivations why this is a good or bad idea. Much appreciated
Have you answered these questions?
Who has financial possession of the lumber, or where financial possession changes takes place?
Is log inventory being coordinated with drying needs, or market driven opportunities?
Will all lumber grades be stacked, stored, and dried together, or will they be separated?
Who will stack and store air dried inventory, and how much will you maintain on hand?
How will drying degrade losses be handled?
Who determines kiln loading composition?
These are just a few of many thoughts that come to mind when I think of about entering into a "symbiotic relationship" like you describe.