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Forum topic by Warren posted 01-14-2020 09:46 PM 143 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Warren

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01-14-2020 09:46 PM

Hey guys and gals,

I’m looking for some information about kiln drying wood. I have some oak and some bog oak that is freshly cut. The slabs are 2 1/2 feet wide, 8ft long and about 4 inches thick. What is the estimated drying time is someone uses a kiln. And is a vacuum kiln different?

Thanks for educating me! Any resource you can point me toward would be great

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#1 posted 01-14-2020 11:06 PM

The de-facto standards on lumber are:

Wood Handbook published by Forest Products Laboratory under the US dept of Agriculture.
The entire PDf is available free:
https://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/documnts/fplgtr/fplgtr190/fpl_gtr190.pdf

USDA also publishes a report specifically covering Drying Lumber:
https://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/documnts/fplgtr/fplgtr117.pdf

Google can be your friend, and it much faster than waiting for an answer to a forum post!

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#2 posted 01-15-2020 01:02 AM

I did a quick search here for kiln drying wood

Most of the top hits were paid for, lower you started getting quite a few past threads about kiln drying wood, so there could be info found there as well.

If you don’t see what you were looking for Woodweb is a site pretty much started for folks who work with trees, to lumber, and all the other aspects. They have a sawing and drying forum, as well as many other areas to ask questions, and find info.

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