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02-20-2012 02:02 AM

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I have a question about drying a smiall amount of birch. I have a few birch logs from a neighbors tree he cut down this past fall. while in the shop I decided to try something out. I cut a small block about 3”x 3”x7” and put it in the oven @ 200 degrees. Will this work and if so how long should it stay in there? I do not have a moisture meter.

-- Measure once, cut twice.

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#1 posted 02-21-2012 02:35 AM

I dry wood in the oven all the time, but I set the temp at 170° or 180°. I usually leave it for 10 to 12 hours for 2X6X24” white oak, Sycamore and Osage Orange. I usually load up both racks in the oven so as not to waste any heat.
Periodically I open the oven door to let the moisture out.

After I take it out and it cools for a day I check it with my little HF moisture meter. If it’s still too wet I put it back in for another cycle.

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