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Drying

Graded lumber is then dried in a steam-heated kiln. Lumber is stacked in layers separated by spacer sticks (stickers). Computers are used to monitor wood moisture and air temperature and control the drying process. Different species of lumber require different drying schedules. High-grade Western hemlock may require over a week to dry, while Southern pine can dry in about 20 hours.

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