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Publications


The following publications are available from the Center.

These files may be downloaded (for viewing or printing) by clicking on the linked titles. The Adobe Acrobat Reader (version 4.0 or later) must be installed on your system to view or print a PDF document. The Acrobat Reader may be part of your Web browser, or you may download it from Adobe free of charge.

 

 

Air Drying Lumber

Air Drying Lumber

General Technical Report
FPL-GTR-117


NC-202 (PDF 4.4 MB)
Abstract
This report describes how lumber can be air-dried most effectively under outdoor conditions and illustrates the principles and procedures of air-drying lumber that were developed through field investigations and observations of industrial practices. Particular emphasis is placed on the yarding of lumber in unit packages. Included are topics such as why lumber is dried, advantages and limitations of the drying process, properties of wood in relation to drying, layout of the drying yard, piling methods, causes and remedies of air drying defects, and protection of air dried lumber.

For your free copy of Air Drying Lumber, contact the Wood Education and Resource Center at (304)487-1510, fax (304)487-6661 or email WERC@citlink.net  and provide your name, mailing address, city, state, zip code, telephone number and email address.

International Customers: International customers must pay all of the associated costs of requested publications. Payment is required in advance. Checks, in U.S. Dollars, must be made payable to the "U.S. Forest Service". Shipping charges will be different in each case, please contact the publications department for the exact cost in your particular case.

 

Drying Hardwood Lumber

Drying Hardwood Lumber

General Technical Report
FPL-GTR-118
Joseph Denig
Eugene M. Wengert
 William T. Simpson


FPL-GTR-118 PDF File (PDF 1.6MB)
Abstract
Drying Hardwood Lumber focuses on common methods for drying lumber of different thickness, with minimal drying defects, for high quality applications. This manual also includes predrying treatments that, when part of an overall quality-oriented drying system, reduce defects and improve drying quality, especially of oak lumber. Special attention is given to drying white wood, such as hard maple and ash, without sticker shadow or other discoloration. Several special drying methods, such as solar drying, are described and proper techniques for storing dried lumber are discussed. Suggestions are provided for ways to economize on drying costs by reducing drying time and energy demands when feasible. Each chapter is accompanied by a list of references. Some references are cited in the chapter; others are listed as additional sources of information.

For your free copy of Drying Hardwood Lumber, contact the Wood Education and Resource Center at (304)487-1510, fax (304)487-6661 or email WERC@citlink.net and provide your name, mailing address, city, state, zip code, telephone number and email address.

International Customers: International customers must pay all of the associated costs of requested publications. Payment is required in advance. Checks, in U.S. Dollars, must be made payable to the "U.S. Forest Service". Shipping charges will be different in each case, please contact the publications department for the exact cost in your particular case.



Hardwoods of North America

Hardwoods of North America

General Technical Report
FPL-GTR-83
Harry A. Alden

      FPL-GTR-118 PDF File(PDF 5.6 MB)

Abstract
This report describes 53 taxa of hardwoods of North America, which are organized alphabetically by genus. Descriptions include scientific name, trade name, distribution, tree characteristics, wood characteristics (general, weight, mechanical properties, drying shrinkage, working properties, durability, preservation, toxicity and uses and additional sources for information. Data were compiled from existing literature, mostly from research done at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, WI.

For your free copy of Hardwoods of North America, contact the Wood Education and Resource Center at (304)487-1510, fax (304)487-6661 or email WERC@citlink.net and provide your name, mailing address, city, state, zip code, telephone number and email address.

International Customers: International customers must pay all of the associated costs of requested publications. Payment is required in advance. Checks, in U.S. Dollars, must be made payable to the "U.S. Forest Service". Shipping charges will be different in each case, please contact the publications department for the exact cost in your particular case.



The above information and much more may be found at USDA Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory.

 

 

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