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About The Mill City enterprise. (Mill City, Or.) 1949-1998 | View Entire Issue (Feb. 1, 1951)
THE MILL CITY ENTERPRISE
February 1, 1951
Mill City Proud of New Industry
from their lumber planer plant as
By ARTHUR L. DAVIS
Mill City's new industry, a com fuel for a boiler in the process of
mercial lumber dry kiln, hums a generating steam.
cheerful note as it busily works at
The result is happy indeed—as the
the task of lumber drying because previously wasted shavings fly off
of the foresight and hard work of the planer, a conveyor belt picks
the Carl Kelly family, pioneers in them up and carries them to a boiler
community progress in Mill City.
fire nearby. To the uninitiated the
Carl Kelly, father of Russell and steam plant of the Kelly brothers is
Carl Kelly present owners of the Mill an ominous thing as it seethes, roars,
City Planning and Processing com and thunders through the agony of
pany, started the company in Mill steam generation.
City in 1935. After the death of
When the dry kiln is operating, the
their father, Carl and Russell took thermostats with seeming human in
over the operation of the enterprise. telligence direct the introduction of
In October of last year, the new more steam, the opening or closing
cross-circulation lumber dry kiln of the ventilators on the roof of the
went into operation.
kiln, and the movement of a record
In view of the fact that the proper ing instrument which puts down a
operation of a lumber dry kiln is a permanent record of conditions inside
risky business for those who are not the lumber dry kiln.
well informed of the process, Carl
Thermostats properly placed inside
Kelly was delegated for the duty of the dry kiln provide the signals that
No cheerful little tearful is two-
attending a special course on lumber keep the temperature in all areas of
year-old Gordon Miller, a polio
patient at Utica, N. Y., Children's
I drying taught in Oregon State in the kiln at the correct level. Ther
Hospital. But the March of Dimes
mostats also direct the nuzzling of
—through the Herkimer County
Oregon's Forest Products Labora- steam into the atmosphere of the dry
Chapter of the National Founda
tory in Corvallis is reputed as being kiln when the drying operation proves
tion for Infantile Paralysis—is
second to none. The only forest pro too rapid for the automatic controller.
helping Gordon back to health
and a smiling future.
ducts research station approaching
Lumbermen agree that the drying
it in completeness is a federal station , of wood is a very complex process
and much is yet undiscovered. A dry
That I may come with a firm and located in Wisconsin.
tranquil mind to the work of this | Just watching the activity of the ! kiln operator need not, however,
day, fearing nothing John Walker. ¡Mill City lumber dry kiln one gets understand all the details of the move
the impression that this 20,000 board ment of moisture through wood.
i feet per day commercial lumber dry He may assume that the moisture lti
! kiln is indeed a modern, advance- each piece of wood tends to bleed out
BARBEQUED BE EE, ] designed plant taking a back seat to evenly during the drying process.
'none other in the great Northwest.
The movement of moisture through
Since the lumber dry kiln must have wooii is affected by a number of con-
plenty of steam for heat and moisture ¡trollible outside factors. Only two of
control, the Kelly Brothers put two them need be considered here—the
Open 6 a.m. to 12 midnight
and two together and decided they temperature and the humidity of the
Saturday—Open All Night
could put to good use the shavings atmosphere surrounding the wood,
that is, of the air in the kiln. Circu
lation of this air, adequate in both
uniformity and volume, is necessary
MARCH»* DIMES in order to control its temperature
and its humidity; in fact the success
of a kiln-drying operation depends
very largely upon the proper regula
tion of heat, humidity, and circulation.
The chief aim in seasoning wood,
whether such drying takes place in
the kiln or elsewhere, is to remove
part of the moisture naturally pre
sent in it, which if allowed to remain
would ordinarily interfere seriously
I with its use. The amount of moisture
to be removed depends upon both the
¡quantity present and the use for
which the wood is scheduled. It is
I seldom necessary, except in test cases,
I or even advisable to remove all the
I moisture in green lumber and leave
I If lumber comes from the dry kiln
too brittle or stiff, the humidity
should be raised, but if the indiviual
slabs of lumber are too soft, or pli-
able, the humidity of the kiln should
have been lowered during the drying
Due to the installation of a Moore
Autographic Master controller, ven
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tilation in the Kelly Brothers’ dry
kJ £ f 1 ! **
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kiln is placed under the positive con
trol of a trusty agent helping to
maintain the proper humidity inside
the kiln by utilizing moisture coming
from the drying lumber and reducing
the amount of steam required. This
Shown is a package of lumber stock inside one of the two-tunneled Moore Dry Kiln operated by ( arl and
Russel) Kelly of this city. Standing on the track of the lumber carrier is Joe Slater, dry kiln foreman.
(Photo Courtesy of Bob Veness and The Statesman)
3 piece Western Swing Band
Sun. each week
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Carl Kelly, co-partner and brother of Russell Kelly, here performs the ticklish task of allowing the proper
amount of steam to enter the kiln when first placed into operation for drying a package of green lumber.
Back of Carl can be seen one of the two Moore Autographic Master Controllers installed in the up-to-date
dry kiln in the Mill City Planing and Processing Co.
(Photo Courtesy of Bob Veness and The Statesman)
simple instrument also controls the
temperature at each of the kiln
This, finger on the pulse, control
is a must in order that a temperature
of some 200 degrees fahrenheit and
correct humidity be maintained dur
ing the drying of a package of green
A nice payroll is provided Mill City
by some 20 men now employed by the
Kelly Brothers in the operation of
their re-manufacturing plant.
additional men were required when
the dry kiln went into production.
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