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Posted on Is it possible to adequately air dry 8/4 lumber?

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#1 posted 10-24-2012 10:43 PM

Also, consider that another reason for kiln drying is to kill bugs.
I have 550 BF of 8/4 cherry air drying in my basement right now.
I recently re-stacked it to flatten out some of the boards that were wanting to twist.
In that process I discovered little holes and pi;es of sawdust on some of the boards.

It’s my understanding that powder post beetles don’t lay eggs in the heart of cherry, but prefer the sap wood.
I don’t know if that is true for walnut, but is something you might want to consider.

I plan to build a dehumidification kiln. I also plan to rig up a way to heat the stack to 150 degrees or so to kill the bugs. Although, when you fine the holes, like in my case, they have already done the damage.

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