Ceramic Kiln for Drying Wood

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Forum topic by BrianV posted 11-24-2014 01:48 PM 1794 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-24-2014 01:48 PM

Topic tags/keywords: drying pecan

I have a piece of Pecan that I am wanting to make into a lazy Susan. It is still pretty green as I can still see the moisture in the center. The pecan was cut about 4-5 months ago and has been sitting in my hot Texas warehouse. I have access to a large ceramic pottery kiln but I have no idea how long or at what temp to dry the wood. Does anyone have any ideas? Thanks Brian

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#1 posted 11-24-2014 02:04 PM

I don’t know how low you can set pottery kilns to, but I’d be surprised if you can get it low enough to kiln dry wood. I’ve never kiln dried, but I think the range is 150ish. You’ll need to double check me on that. Typical wait time for air drying is 1 year per inch of thickness, though some say it goes faster than that. If you have the time, it is probably worth waiting for it to air dry.

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#2 posted 11-24-2014 03:03 PM

The best way to dry wood is low and slow. Trying to accelerate the process may well ruin the wood.

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#3 posted 11-25-2014 01:59 AM

You don’t say how thick your pecan is but 4-5 months in a “hot, Texas warehouse” should have it down to below 15% MC. Unless it has been covered up with no air flow around it.

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