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02-10-2017 10:48 AM

Most everyone in my corner of the world, northeast MS, has their lumber shipped in. (Closest supplier 2 hours in any direction) If I’m a few boards short we have to wait till the next truck runs. So I think there is a demand. I know of several small saw mills that could supply me green lumber. I’ve priced a Nyle kiln that will kick out about 7-10 MBF of various hardwoods a month. I have the resources to buy it but….
1. Can you make enough money doing it at 8 MBF a month to justify the expenditure?
2. Anyone have experience with Nyle kilns?
3. Any other words of wisdom?

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#1 posted 02-10-2017 12:57 PM

I am doing it. I put in a Nyle L53 kiln. To date, I have dried about 60,000 BF. Figuring the value of kiln drying at say $.50/bf for discussion purposes, My $7,000 investment has paid back many time over. The L53 can dry up to 1000 BF at a time and the next size up can dry up to 4000 bf at a time depending on incoming moisture content and species.

If you want to discuss any details further, you are welcome to call me. You can find my contact info at

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#2 posted 02-10-2017 01:47 PM

I have been running a Nyle for about 20 years. Don’t remember the model# but I can dry around 15 to 2000 bd ft at a time, depending on length. Been a great kiln

-- mike & judy western md. www.

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#3 posted 02-10-2017 01:51 PM

Are you looking for a business opportunity or you just want to process your own green wood? Factor in the energy costs as well. Do you have space to stack and sticker the wood after it’s dried? If you just want to dry wood for yourself I’d look into building a solar kiln. Slower but costs almost nothing to run other than the electricity for a fan.

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#4 posted 02-10-2017 03:33 PM

P.M. sent to ya.


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#5 posted 02-10-2017 03:56 PM

Here is an industrial forum section regarding kilns and peripherals to support lumber drying.

-- Wuddoc

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#6 posted 02-11-2017 12:35 AM

Thanks Danny, I just might be calling on you

Thank you PVWood for the vote of confidence with Nyle

DHazzleton, I have all the requirements covered and yes I would like to sell to other woodworkers. Thanks for the reminder about energy cost. Nyle was reluctant to give me that info.

Thanks wuddoc, I’ll definitely look that up.

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#7 posted 02-11-2017 12:37 AM

Sorry for the different fonts, no idea what I did.

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