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  • Need fresh cut wood drying tips.

    Is it better to leave the fresh cut wood in log form or cut it into the desired sizes and shapes and then cure it that way.
    I know it should seem obvious to most but I thought it was worth asking.
    Thanks!
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    Re: Need fresh cut wood drying tips.

    cut in to boards, with some extra thickness, for plaining and dry shrink, and some small warpage if it occurs,

    stack with stickers, (small wood spacers) and it may help to weight it as well, but the wood is radial, the cells shrink and since there is not the same number of cells on the out side of the log as in the center, it will shrink and split, it may in boards as well, but if properly stacked and dried it will be minimal, (paint the ends with latex paint or wax) it will dry quicker on the end grain, thus will or may split the ends, as it will dry at different rates, so seal it up on the ends so the moisture has to escape on the faces of the lumber,

    air drying is basically a year per inch of lumber in thickness to bring down to shop dryness,

    If you have an attic that gets warmer than the rest of the building or out side, one may consider stacking there, and may speed drying up some, if stacked out side tarp in such a way to keep rain off but let air to flow, more of a tent,
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    • #3
      Re: Need fresh cut wood drying tips.

      WOODWEB's Sawing and Drying Forum is a good place to get help and do some research. The answers to all your questions can probably be found there.

      http://www.woodweb.com/cgi-bin/forums/sawdry.pl
      "When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
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      • #4
        Re: Need fresh cut wood drying tips.

        Originally posted by BHD View Post
        If you have an attic that gets warmer than the rest of the building or out side, one may consider stacking there, and may speed drying up some, if stacked out side tarp in such a way to keep rain off but let air to flow, more of a tent,
        If you go the attic route, air dry it first for several months to get the moisture down some before baking it in the attic. You will do more harm trying to dry it too fast and end up with firewood.

        Red
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        • #5
          Re: Need fresh cut wood drying tips.

          If you go the attic route, air dry it first for several months to get the moisture down some before baking it in the attic. You will do more harm trying to dry it too fast and end up with firewood.

          Red
          yes your probably correct to dry it slow at first, my thought was at this time of year, unless your way down south (normally winter in the colder climates not a lot of drying of frozen wood takes place), so to get the process going in the colder climate placing in an unheated attic would not be bad thing,

          I know there is a procedure to kiln drying, just have not read it for a number of years, and some of it has to do with humidity, as well,

          kiln drying wood, manual
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          http://www.woodweb.com/knowledge_bas...rs_manual.html

          air drying wood
          http://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/documnts/fplgtr/fplgtr118.pdf

          an over view,
          http://www.vtfpr.org/pdf/drylumber.pdf
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          • #6
            Re: Need fresh cut wood drying tips.

            You can build a level base about 18 inches above grade and then sticker and stack then cover with weatherproof tarp or heavy plastic sheeting. The sun will warm inside and you can get the moisture level down into the low teens, then move indoors in about 4 months and finish drying.

            Or research what it would cost to have it kiln dried which will yield usable wood in about 2 weeks.

            Just make sure to have a level starting base and keep your stickers one on top the other. If you don't your wood will be ruined. Stickers no more than 24 inches apart and less than 3 inches from the end of the boards is my suggestion. Place stickers on the top side of the top most layer of wood then cover the top with a sheet of CDX or other cheap 3/4 ply and weigh it down with concrete blocks or other heavy objects. Keep the weight evenly distributed.

            Check on your wood after a couple days and every few days afterward to make sure everything is still good. While the wood is still pretty wet you could if you had to tear the stack apart and fix any problems with stickering or make adjustments. Once the wood gives off most of its moisture and gets below 20% this will not be possible.

            Oh, I hope you have or asked Santa for a good moisture meter, you will need one.
            "When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
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            • #7
              Re: Need fresh cut wood drying tips.

              Agree ... sticker the wood when it is cut, but MAKE SURE to seal the ends even before the tree is cut into planks, if possible. Much of the moisture can leave through the end cuts if they are not sealed, this makes the wood dry too fast which can cause a number of problems. You need a proper end sealer, paint is not good enough.
              You will also need to know what moisture level you want to get to for the wood you have. Air drying varies immensely depending on what part of the country you live in and where the wood is stored (inside or outside). For example, wood dried outside in Seattle will seldom get below 12% whereas wood stored outside in Phoenix will easily get down below 8%
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