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#1 posted 02-06-2017 06:31 PM

After a PPB outbreak in a stack of soft maple, all the wood I pick up that’s green or air dried goes in the barn or outside to dry. How fast it dries, depends on relative humidity and the time of year it is cut. I had a stack of ash & maple cut in April that was air dried to 12% by July. If you cut in fall, it can take a lot longer to dry.

Before I move it into the shop, I finish drying it and cooking off any bugs in it in my cargo trailer. Since the trailer is black, it’s acts like a solar kiln. If it’s 70F+ out, I can get it up to 140F in there. I sticker the wood in the trailer, use a milk heater which keeps it about 120F, a fan for circulation and a dehumidifier. I can get from 12% to 6-8% in 2-3 days.

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