LOL on the speeding , remember I've rode with you....definitely NO brakes on my side!!! I'm trying to get good info out so we all don't "speed" through the process without knowing what can/can't happen to their wood.
And yet, I still drive over the speed limit.
It might be said certain species of wood react differently, but I'm no expert on that. I just push the limits and try to get it done.
[quote=laxin213;1326377]DH = dehumidifier? YES
Thanks for the post. Learning what I can on the process, maybe one day I'll build my own solar kiln. The rule is to not mix species of wood in the kiln at the same time, correct? Not necessarily
Each species has its own "drying cycle"? YES BUT that also depends on the starting MC. With the home DH it probably couldn't pull a load down too fast (I'm guessing)
I have had load of hard maple this past summer that were dropped near my house. I took some logs to mill and then a big commercial kiln and they sat in their yard for months (August- dec). Stickered, but nobody wanted to deal with them their since they had all these huge orders of thousands of Bf and here's my load of 6, 7, and 8 ' maple like 600 bf. The sales guy on the phone made it sound like they could do it asap, but the lot guys could give a crap less. Many phone calls produced Nothing in follow up. I ended up picking them up, I just drove into their lot, loaded up my wood and left. Nobody stopped Me and the guy I spoke to there never called and said a word.
I took the wood about an hour in the opposite direction to a guy that dried them in his kiln, a much smaller setup, in about 8 weeks. Very nice, fair, and charged me less than they quoted me. I found kiln driers in the State DEC website, they encourage kilns for their sterilization of the invasive bugs. YES I encourage sterilizing also....I foresee a future bug issue with all the barnwood being ripped off and put directly into houses....BUUUUUGGGGGSSSSS!!!
I don't know why differing species can't be died together. This depends on the starting MC...anything below 20-25% isn't going to hurt mixed. There is (to my knowledge) no reason why the cycle can't be interrupted to pull certain dried pieces out and continue the cycle on the rest. Some do this.
The reason you type of and the costs involved are why I set up my own "Cheap Kiln"!
Theres a posting on my setup. Cost is under $100.oo with a moisture meter included in the price.
Good for small loads.