Drying Burl Wood #1: Drying Domestic Burl Wood: Consideration #1

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Hey to all you LJs,

Consideration #1

I thought that I would start a series on drying green domestic burl wood. With burl wood the end grain is going every direction and is under more internal pressure thus making it want to self destruct.

Green burls or straight grain have two places where water finds its home. Inside the cells and outside the cells, this is called bound water (inside the cells) and free water (outside the cell walls). Free water is easier to escape than the bound water.

To move the bound water to free water you just slow the drying process way down with cool temperatures and wood sealer. Note this does not work on some woods. There needs to be and extra step for the more destructive woods or for the more self-destructive woods, such as madrone. Steaming, pressure cooking or boiling helps to move bound water to free water. After this processes you can seal and dry.

Any questions?

Stay tuned for Consideration # 2

Greg Dahl at

-- Greg, Southern Oregon, What can I say but God Is Good!

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#1 posted 598 days ago

thanks Greg, i love to learn anything about wood i don’t know, this was a great start to learn about burl, ive got several pieces i think and they are already dry , but this is good to learn for down the road experiences…

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#2 posted 598 days ago

You have me interested. I’ll be watching

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#3 posted 597 days ago


That must be one big pressure cooker! ;-) This sounds like it will be a very interesting series.


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#4 posted 597 days ago

I’ll be watching, with intensity.

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#5 posted 585 days ago

This is valuable information. Thanks for taking the time to share.

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