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#1 posted 11-12-2010 05:46 PM

If it is white oak, 2 years is the rule here (Maryland). Red oak is more porous like a straw. Hard maple can take 2 years also.
After letting it air dry for 6-8 months and you you have a building that is fairly tight, that you can sticker the wood, with a dehumidifier, you may be able to reduce the time a lot. The slower you dry it, the more even it will dry and the less it will check. It is an interesting balance, if it gets wet – for example – and then dries, it will dry faster but it will check in days. If you put the wood with a dehumidifier too early, the wood may not dry thoroughly and crack. There is a whole science around this.

There is one thing that you want to be aware about air dried wood. Inspect the wood very carefully, air drying does not kill any critters that may be in the wood. Heating the wood to 120 (F) for a week after it has dried, is ideal.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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