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Allowing lumber to sit outdoors or inside to reach the desired moisture content before working with it may be the easiest, least expensive way to season wood, but it’s also the slowest. And drying times can differ significantly depending on wood types, the primary moisture level in the green wood, its thickness and density, drying environments and processing methods.

On the other hand, all the above drying conditions can by controlled when wood is kiln dried. Is it worth it to you to invest in building or purchasing a kiln for your woodworking shop? Opinions vary as to the values of both methods of drying wood, but the decision is ultimately up to you.
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Do you saw your own lumber?

Unless you have a source of rough sawn lumber, either from a saw mill or if saw you own, you will likely not need a kiln. It also depends on the space you can allocate for one.

I have milled my own lumber on site over the years and have stacks of Oak and Maple stickered and ready to use after years of air drying. I have some already moved into the shop where it has acclimated for several years as well. You need a considerable amount of space to store and dry enough lumber for your projects depending on their size and scope.

Floor space in my shop is at a premium, so stacks of lumber waiting to dry or acclimate are in the way. I have a knee wall where the roof slopes down too much to be useable for the shop where I keep my lumber. There are vertical stacks of lumber in several places where I can select out pieces I need for immediate use. I have no room in the shop for a kiln and very little room outside either. I live in the wood on 3 acres, so there is enough space, just not a suitable location based on the amount I need at any one time.

Both of the lumber mills within a 50 mile drive, sell kiln dried lumber, so that's what I do if I need wood that I do not have on the property. A kiln might be nice, but not needed in my case. :|
 
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