can you use oven for kiln?

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Forum topic by gregIND posted 02-25-2013 03:23 PM 1430 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-25-2013 03:23 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question walnut

I work at pallet shop and can get walnut but its green. Is there any way to use an oven for a kiln on small pieces to speed up drying process?

-- gregIND

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#1 posted 02-25-2013 03:32 PM

A common trick with turners is to stick it in the microwave for a few minutes. I’ve never done it, but I’m sure you could read about it online somewheres.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#2 posted 02-25-2013 03:36 PM

thank you might try to google it

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#3 posted 02-25-2013 03:38 PM

If you’re married your wife will hate you for the oven. Takes a long time and will probably smell bad for a longer time.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 02-25-2013 03:45 PM

I have a trick that I’ve used with wood dowel pins. After they have been stored for a while, they swell. Now they won’t fit a nice brad point drilled hole. Solution, place a handfull in the microwave for ten seconds; shrinks them nicely!

-- Cut the hole twice and it's still too big!

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#5 posted 02-25-2013 03:50 PM

Short answer: NO

The key to kiln drying is to keep the surface moist as the interior moisture is drawn out. It would be difficult to have a hot humid environment in an oven. You would likely have the same effect as leaving the wood in direct sunlight.
Look into the many posts here on solar kilns. They can be cheap and easily built and they work very well.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#6 posted 02-25-2013 03:53 PM

thank you for all the info

-- gregIND

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