LumberJocks

All Replies on Kinda a kiln to nuke bugs.

  • Advertise with us
View Dj1225's profile

Kinda a kiln to nuke bugs.

by Dj1225
posted 12-03-2018 01:36 AM


6 replies so far

View therealSteveN's profile (online now)

therealSteveN

2592 posts in 934 days


#1 posted 12-04-2018 09:14 PM

Some controversy on this. Know that actual kiln drying will kill all bugs, it’s an inner temperature thing. Most softwood lumber kilns operate below 115 °C (239 °F) temperature. Hardwood lumber kiln drying schedules typically keep the dry bulb temperature below 80 °C (176 °F). Difficult-to-dry species might not exceed 60 °C (140 °F). Dehumidification kilns are very similar to conventional kilns in basic construction.

Many argue, especially in Southern US areas that simply putting the wood into a black plastic envelope made of sheathing plastic, and a lot of tape to close it up, and then allowed to sit in the sun for several days will also reach these temps. Kiln operators suggest they will, but only on the outside of the wood, not in the center of the boards like a kiln will do.

They also argue improper drying, can/will lead to wonky results to the wood. This page is from Forest Products listed near the top left is a list of many problems associated with poor drying.

So to answer your question, if you have small money involved with the wood to begin with, what the heck, give home drying a whirl. If you have a lot of money involved in your wood pile, OR, if it represents a lot of $$$$$$ then going to a local place and finding out what charge they will make for just kiln drying your wood might be a smart one. You can also build a small home kiln for little money, just keep in mind a lot of folks have done this to find they don’t know the ins, and outs of kiln drying wood, and I’ll refer you back to that list from F P.

-- Think safe, be safe

View becikeja's profile

becikeja

988 posts in 3173 days


#2 posted 12-05-2018 11:01 AM

I have never done it, but I am told that if the pieces are small enough you can stack them in the oven to achieve these results.

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

View fuigb's profile

fuigb

558 posts in 3318 days


#3 posted 12-05-2018 12:06 PM

I fear no bug or beetle as I have a homemade kiln constructed from scavenged material and powered by a little space heater & desktop fan. It takes me more four hours to dry my stock, though.

-- - Crud. Go tell your mother that I need a Band-aid.

View therealSteveN's profile (online now)

therealSteveN

2592 posts in 934 days


#4 posted 12-05-2018 10:31 PM



I have never done it, but I am told that if the pieces are small enough you can stack them in the oven to achieve these results.

- becikeja

Yes and if a guy had an oven out in his shop he’d be set for that. Otherwise I would only use the oven in our house IF SWMBO was on an extended trip. Most species cooking in an oven give off a distinctly NON foodlike smell.

-- Think safe, be safe

View becikeja's profile

becikeja

988 posts in 3173 days


#5 posted 12-06-2018 01:47 AM


I have never done it, but I am told that if the pieces are small enough you can stack them in the oven to achieve these results.

- becikeja

Yes and if a guy had an oven out in his shop he d be set for that. Otherwise I would only use the oven in our house IF SWMBO was on an extended trip. Most species cooking in an oven give off a distinctly NON foodlike smell.

- therealSteveN

There are risks with everything in life…….

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

View BFamous's profile

BFamous

315 posts in 481 days


#6 posted 12-06-2018 01:52 AM

Dumb question:
Could you make a plastic envelope and throw in a standard bug bomb or two? Would that kill off any bugs in the wood?

Or do you need a specific chemical for treating bugs in the wood?

-- Brian Famous :: Charlotte, NC :: http://www.FamousArtisan.com

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com