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#1 posted 08-10-2012 03:08 AM

You should not leave the slab exposed to direct sunlight because that will lead to more major defects such as checking and spliting due to unequal and rapid moisture loss.

You need to dry the slabs in and environment where there is good air flow to prevent molds and mildew, yet sheltered from the direct sunlight. If you have several slabs they should be stacked with “stickers” (spacer sticks) between the layers to allow airflow thru the stack. Cover the stack with old metal roofing or plywood to keep out the sun and rain.

Drying thick slabs can take a long time (years, not weeks or months). You might want to get a moisture meter to monitor the progress. You might want to consider building a small solar or dehumidifier kiln to speed up the progress safely.

Good Luck!

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