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post #1 of 5 Old 01-17-2016, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
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Drying green turnings

Has anyone tried using house wrap instead of paper bags when drying green turnings?
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If you are talking about that plastic stuff it won't allow it to dry and cause severe molding.
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I agree it won't let moisture out. If you have already turned it you want it to dry but slowly. A paper bag or cardboard box will let moisture slowly escape. If you seal it with something that doesn't breath it won't dry and you will get mold. I have dried some end cuts off limbs that had the pith by putting them in a plastic bag and turning the bag inside out every day. That tremendously slows the drying. I was able to dry all of them without checks but it took almost 6 months to dry 1/4" thick pieces.
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Some kinds of house wrap are designed so that water vapor can pass through in one direction but not the other, and if that's the kind you have it would certainly work, at least in theory.

Whether it would have any advantages over a paper bag or a cardboard box is at best questionable. I can't think of any.

It would certainly be more expensive, since paper bags are not hard to find pretty much for free, and the need to wrangle the wrap so it could contain turnings conveniently like a bag already can would be a hassle.

I would not be tempted to wrap green turnings tightly with house wrap or anything else.
That would be asking for mold trouble, I think.
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Thanks for the info. Just a thought.
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