You are here

Explore lumber-drying methods, systems and theory to maximize the value of your sawn lumber.

6 posts / 0 new
Last post
rdecker
rdecker's picture
Solar Kiln operation
I've had my HD36 for about 4 years now and love it, but I no longer have the patience for air drying. I am looking to build a variation of the Virginia Tech solar kiln but I can't find any guidelines on the operation of the kiln. When should the vents be open and closed, is there a rule of thumb based on the humidity of the boards compared to the air etc.? I am a retired engineer so I have been know to "over think sometimes, maybe it's as simple as vents closed for the first 3 weeks and wide open the next 3 weeks... anybody have and input on "Vent operations"? Thanks RD
6 posts / 0 new
Last post
crubnich
crubnich's picture
How soon to mill logs after cutting
I just picked up about 30+ logs with the agreement I'd cut a mantle and build a table with a little extra for the table. Is it better to let the log dry, then mill or mill so the slabs have as much air exposure (I think I answered my own question). They don't want it until the end of the year. Is it the same on larger pieces? I cut another mantle 8"x12"x6' out of white oak, painted the ends and it has terrible cracks/checks after about 2-3 weeks. Thanks, Chris
9 posts / 0 new
Last post
Baron
Baron's picture
How Long, how long shall I wait

Good Morning Men!

How long must I keep stickers in slabs and lumber.

Last fall I stored all of my air-dryed lumber into an old barn and would like to remove the stickers to consolidate the stacks and make more room for access. They were all btwn 11% and 14% when I checked them. The Barn is a PA bank barn (old dairy barn) with good air movement.

 

Baron

6 posts / 0 new
Last post
hazazil
hazazil's picture
sticker options/drying time/stains

So I'm new to milling. I had a pine log that was green that I made some stickers out of so I could start milling some oak logs I had. Stickers were 1" x 3/4".

 

I cut them, stacked them, left them outside a couple weeks to air dry.

 

I noticed on the oak slabs , wherever the stickers were, is a lighter color than the rest of the oak slab. Is this okay? Is that considered stained? How deep would that go?

 

4 posts / 0 new
Last post
oneoldcoot
oneoldcoot's picture
Solar kiln question

I live in NW Georgia, lots  of sun and humidity. Wil a solar kiln still work at 60-90% humidity?

21 posts / 0 new
Last post
Baron
Baron's picture
Eastern Larch Drying and use

Hello Knarly Norwood Members! I'm helpless again and would benefit from your experience.I Would like to use Larch (tamarack) for my new deck. I have never worked with it before and need to ask advice. Is it sappy enough that it needs to be kiln dried. I only have a Solar Kiln which is great for hardwood but not for fixing resin. Can I use it green and lay it board to board and count on natural shrinkage to open the proper sized gaps?I am fixing to use it rough sawn but with one surface planed. Will that be nice on bare feet?

3 posts / 0 new
Last post
Slinky Pickle
Slinky Pickle's picture
Solar kiln using tubes

2 posts / 0 new
Last post
oneoldcoot
oneoldcoot's picture
Cookies

We have cut what I think are called cookies,round slabs from logs mounted upright on the bunks but have ran into serious cracking like almost in 2. Any ideas on how to prevent that and what to do now that we have them?

7 posts / 0 new
Last post
Funktionhouse
Funktionhouse's picture
RF Kiln

Hello all my name is Rob and I'm new here (if all plans go as planned i'll be ordering a HD36 Hydro in the AM) WooooHOOOOO

In the meantime anybody have and experiance with RF Kilns? 

18 posts / 0 new
Last post
BillyReeder
BillyReeder's picture
Building a lumber shed.

I'm planning on building a lumber shed to air dry my lumber and was wondering if I can use fresh cut southern pine. I also thought about doing it using mortises and tenons. Any thoughts?

18 posts / 0 new
Last post
BillyReeder
BillyReeder's picture
Drying quality article

Has anyone read the article on page 22 of this months sawmill and wood lot management magazine. It's got me confused on a few things

6 posts / 0 new
Last post
Eric
Eric's picture
Which woods work best Kiln drying or Air drying - Protecting against mold/insects

Hi All,

 

I am recently new to the sawmilling world.  I just bought my MN26 the end of last year and am learning the great amount of information everybody has posted to this forum which is awesome, many thanks to everybody.  I'm from western Ohio and have a family farm in eastern Ohio.  I have been a woodworker starting when I was a kid carving spoons, bowls etc.  I have always loved to work wood and built things, am have finally been able to make my sawmill dream a reality.

44 posts / 0 new
Last post
Baron
Baron's picture
Slab drying

I've heard it said or suggested that thick slabs need to air dry for a long long time and then they will also need a long time in a kiln to draw them down to 6 or 8%  make them safe to use. I'm trying to collect some Tabletops and Gun Stocks. Some are 2" and some are 3". Why can't they just go in the kiln right away? What issues would I face?

Baron

 photo photo 1_zpscm6douqb.jpg

41 posts / 0 new
Last post
Post Oakie
Post Oakie's picture
;Fungus among us

I'm not saying it is hot and humid here in southwest Missouri, but in the 24 hours between milling and stacking for air drying, this sycamore sprouted an amazing amount of mold. I guess I'll have to sticker wood pretty much as it comes off the mill until cooler. Hickory is also bad this way.

3 posts / 0 new
Last post
TyHark
TyHark's picture
Drying Trembling Aspen

Does anyone have any experience drying Trembling (Quaking) Aspen? Any success? This wood is very prone to twisting and cupping. I live in Canada's Boreal forest and it is a very abundant timber but often overlooked for the above reason. Ty - Sunset House Alberta

4 posts / 0 new
Last post
happycamper
happycamper's picture
wanted free firewood

wanted any hard wood firewood
downed trees
logs
slab wood

to be used for firewood

can travel but not to far from lebanon,pa area

[email protected]

22 posts / 0 new
Last post
Post Oakie
Post Oakie's picture
What do you do for your customers

I'm curious what others do for their customers in regards to drying lumber. Any time a customer asks "... and when can I use the boards?" I sit down and talk about drying the wood, starting with how they will use it. If necessary, I cut stickers and blocking out of their lumber, but that's obviously not a good option when dealing with a stack of walnut. Does anyone bring blocking and stickers to a job site and sell them to the customer? Seems like it would be a good way to help the customer and make a few extra bucks at the same time.

26 posts / 0 new
Last post
KonaKustoms
KonaKustoms's picture
End Coating Logs?

Has anyone found anything that works as good as Anchorseal?

I have read a few ideas with wax and kerosine and Latex paint, ect..   Problems I am reading and seeing are paint is made to breath so checking is going to happen if not reapplied weekly, Wax mixture peals off in the kiln, expecially a solar kiln due to heat changes.

Have even heard of mobile home roofing sealer used. But my issue I guess is discoloring the wood when it soaks in and it poping off when dried.

63 posts / 0 new
Last post
eddiemac
eddiemac's picture
Solar Kiln

Well, I've finally begun work on a solar lumber drying kiln using the Virginia Tech plan.  I feel pretty silly using lumberyard wood, but want to get it up as soon as possible, not spend ages messing around with oak in the hot sun.  I envy you guys who live near (or in) softwood forests.  The best we have around here is red cedar and I'd feel guilty using it for framing lumber (although I've cut it for people using it that way; walnut too).  Here are my beginning photos.  More to come:

10 posts / 0 new
Last post
Post Oakie
Post Oakie's picture
Leaning tower

OK, I remember reading something about gravity back in 8th grade science class, but apparently the sawyer (not me) didn't get the memo.  Would someone please explain how this stack stays put??surprise

3 posts / 0 new
Last post
eodnutt99
eodnutt99's picture
Drying Eastern Red Cedar posts

Hello I have 3-10" Eastern Red Cedar logs just cut how long do I need to let them dry before using as posts for rough privacy fence and corner posts for a deck? Thanks for any help in this matter

126 posts / 0 new
Last post
Post Oakie
Post Oakie's picture
Air drying lumber

 

16 posts / 0 new
Last post
PMsawandmachine
PMsawandmachine's picture
Low cost lumber kilns and marketing lumber products

Hello fellow sawyers.

I'd be very interested in your methods of drying/storing lumber, and also on what types of sales and how you market your products. When I first started out, the lumber was for my ailing woodworking father, my own projects and for friends. Now I get some enjoyment for finding out that sawmilling can actually pay bills and put food on the table too.

3 posts / 0 new
Last post
Montana Sawyer
Montana Sawyer's picture
Logosol Sauno Kiln Questions

All,

I have recently purchased a lightly used LM2000 mill. I have milled for several years using a Alaskan Mill, but age has caught up with me so I am happy to have found this Norwood mill.

As part of my milling and drying upgrad I have pretty much decided to purchase a Logosol Sauno Kiln. Any one out there that has experience with this Kiln I would appreciate your input.

 My biggest question is that in Logosol's plan for actually building the Kiln box they specify the following:

 

 

Dow Solimate, 300 BE.A.N,

Facebook icon
Twitter icon
LinkedIn icon
YouTube icon