wet wood in costa rica

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Forum topic by marco posted 02-24-2008 08:21 AM 984 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-24-2008 08:21 AM

I have been building homes and furniture here in Costa Rica for 3 years. Orders are backed up and things are good. I do have a constant problem with my wood supply. We work with some wonderful exotics however ther is no dry wood to be found at all. It typicaly will get to our shop days or weeks after the tree was cut it also is prosesed entirly with chain Saws. We are making the neccesary investments in mechinery to prep these rough peices of lumber for building primarely homes. The big problem is the moisture content of our wood we are maneging to build homes with great success but have a harder time with furniture. We plan on stock pilling wood to dry but will need to continue working with wet stuff in the mean time. Does anyone have advice how can we dry wood Quikly with little electricity,how can we prevent wood from splitting in the process.


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#1 posted 02-24-2008 03:11 PM

Have you looked into a solar kiln? Plans for these are widely available on the internet, and, with your climate you shouldn’t have any problems with drying wood using one. I do not have one but have thought about building one and getting a chain saw mill for the novelty of processing my own lumber. But that idea is only in the planning stages.

Just a thought.

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#2 posted 02-24-2008 04:03 PM

without some form of kiln, you really cant do this without screwing up the wood. I experienced the same thing in Brazil for years until I found a flooring company that would rent me time in their kiln. Maybe you can find this in Costa Rica.

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#3 posted 02-24-2008 04:45 PM

You might try to contact Kevin Yardley at his ebay
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Kevin lives in the Philadelphia area of the USA. He states that he owns the land and the trees in Costa Rica and he imports to the USA and sells from eBay, his own web site, and wholesales items to lawn and garden stores. I believe that he spends about half of his time in Costa Rica.

His warehouse was about an hour from where I lived and I’ve bought from him before.

He might have kiln space or be another source for local lumber.

Tell him I sent you to him. I haven’t talked to him for a couple of years.

His business phone is 215-380-1382. I’ve lost his home number when my cell phone died.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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