Process Controls Versus Schedule Controls in Commercial Kiln-Drying Operations
Here's a technically informative, if somewhat contentious, debate about different approaches to computerized kiln control, and the role of human operators in the kiln-drying process. June 13, 2014

Techniques for Equalizing and Conditioning Lumber
The Wood Doctor explains how to complete the final two steps in the primary processing uh, process. 1998.

Kiln Control Technology and Drying Parameters
This mostly hypothetical discussion develops into a back-and-forth about whether wood stress should be used as a determining factor in kiln control systems. June 13, 2014

Solar Kiln Designs 4 -- Solar Heated, Lumber Dry Kiln Designs - Part 4
An in depth article by Gene Wengert and Luiz Carlos Oliveira

Whether to Thaw Frozen Wood Before Kiln-Drying
Here's a long and intense theoretical argument about whether frozen wood can be safely dried without thawing it first. June 13, 2014

Developing Software to Calculate Wood Kiln Schedules
The wood drying process is complex, and involves many inter-related variables. So creating software to determine drying schedules is a challenge. June 13, 2014

Causes and Cures for Stains In Dried Lumber
How to avoid various types of staining in kiln-dried lumber. 1998.

Solar Kiln Designs 2 -- Solar Heated, Lumber Dry Kiln Designs - Part 2
An in depth article by Gene Wengert and Luiz Carlos Oliveira


Controlling Drying Conditions and Monitoring Progress
Here's a lively, sometimes contentious, and very informative thread about how to ensure quality control when drying lumber in a variety of different kiln types with different control systems and instrumentation. July 16, 2012

Building a Small Drying Kiln
A long discussion of the considerations involved in building and operating a small backyard or garage kiln. August 8, 2008

Vacuum, Dehumidification, and Microwaves in One Kiln?
Here's a long, highly speculative, but informative discussion of the concept of using microwaves, vacuum, and dehumidification for drying wood in a prototype kiln. April 20, 2011

Electronic RH sensors
Can electronic relative humidity sensors stand up to the elements in dry kilns? May 2, 2001

Turbulent Air Flow as a Factor in Kiln-Drying Operational Control
The Wood Doctor explains why controlling humidity and temperature, not managing airflow turbulence, is the way to maintain optimum drying conditions in the kiln. June 13, 2014

Brainstorming About Vacuum Kilns
Inquiring minds discuss why vacuum kilns are so expensive, how they work, and the possibilities of building your own or even improving on the concept. July 30, 2007

Radio frequency -- vs. super steam vacuum
A discussion of these two kilns for drying large timbers. February 19, 2002

Solar Kiln Designs 3 -- Solar Heated, Lumber Dry Kiln Designs - Part 3
An in depth article by Gene Wengert and Luiz Carlos Oliveira

Wood and Water
An excerpt from Gene Wengert's book, "Drying Oak Lumber." May 31, 2001

Solar Kiln Designs 1 -- Solar Heated, Lumber Dry Kiln Designs - Part 1
An in depth article by Gene Wengert and Luiz Carlos Oliveira

Alternative lumber drying techniques
Are freeze drying and RFV practical methods for drying lumber? April 25, 2001

Processing Trees to Lumber -- for the Hobbyist and Small Business
Two experts share their secrets of success for small-scale milling operations. January 19, 2002

A Small Kiln for Final Drying
A woodworker needs to get his already kiln-dried stock down to lower moisture content to match indoor end-use conditions. Here's detailed advice for equipment choice and drying methods for a small-batch wood-shop drying chamber. May 9, 2007

Dehumidifier Kiln Advice
Detailed conversation about building, equipping, and operating a dehumidifier kiln to dry lumber. September 10, 2007

Troubleshooting vacuum kiln problems
An extensive discussion on vacuum pumps and vaporization of organic compounds in wood. February 28, 2001

Equations for Quantifying Heat Transfer, Evaporation, and Air Cooling in a Lumber Kiln
A set of equations that enable the user to predict the rate of drying, along with a discussion of the physics of kiln-drying. Good info here for the technically advanced and educated reader. June 13, 2014

Humidity Control, Warping, and Case-Hardening
Maintaining the right drying conditions is a tricky problem, and improper control can lead to defects in the lumber. January 2, 2012

Measuring/Monitoring Moisture Levels
The hows and whys of monitoring moisture content in lumber. 1998.

Vacuum kiln drying
How do vacuum kilns work and how effective are they? (From WOODWEB's Sawing and Drying Forum) January 21, 2003

Home-Built Dehumidification Kilns
Here's a long discussion of small, inexpensive dehumidifier kiln design, including a consideration of the fire risks involved. September 17, 2012

Self Air-Drying Versus Kiln-Drying
Carefully air-drying wood yourself may be preferable to trusting the load to a less-than-perfect kiln-drying operation. January 18, 2011

Warp in Drying
Causes and cures for warpage when drying lumber. May 4, 2001

Electric Moisture Meters
A guide for using portable electric moisture meters on lumber. May 3, 2001

Advantages of vacuum drying
What does this leading-edge technology have to offer? April 9, 2003

Kiln Drying Large Timbers
An extended discussion of the technical issues involved in drying big beams for various uses. July 28, 2006

Achieving Sterilization with a Solar Kiln in a Humid Climate
A woodworker struggles to get his lumber pile hot enough to kill beetles. April 15, 2012

Drying Slabs in Tropical Conditions
Advice on drying uncommon lumber species in the jungles of Ecuador. August 15, 2011

Vacuum Kilns: Energy Use and Drying Times
A discussion of the performance you can expect in the real world from a vacuum wood-drying kiln. June 13, 2014

Troubleshooting Drying Stress
Some general instruction about the causes of drying stress for the owner of a dehumidifier kiln. April 2, 2013

Blue-Stained Pine Pros and Cons
Controversy simmers over whether blue stain is is a special value, a visual defect, or a mold liability risk. September 17, 2008

Setting Pitch in Douglas Fir
Temperature and time for setting pitch. February 28, 2004

Exploring Alternative Kiln Technologies
Sawmillers try out, wonder about, and report on the Green Dri desiccant-based drying kiln from Japan. June 8, 2011

Why Insulate a Solar Kiln?
A long discussion delving into the mechanics of how a solar kiln creates proper conditions for drying wood. January 28, 2014

Troubleshooting Mold on Oak in the Drying Kiln
A question about a mold problem leads to a discussion about process control and kiln conditions. June 13, 2014

Drying rough-sawn timbers
A large outdoor project raises questions about drying large, rough-sawn timbers for long-term use. June 20, 2000

Vacuum Kiln Principles
Vacuum kilns cause evaporation at low temperatures, but they still require heat and that heat is tricky to supply because of the vacuum. Here's an explanation. July 29, 2011

Steam Conditioning Versus Mist Conditioning in Wood-Drying Kilns
Both are effective, and each has different quirks to consider. June 13, 2014

Whether to Spray Wood During Kiln Warm-Up
Is it wise to spray wood with water or steam while the kiln is warming up? June 13, 2014

Pre-Surfacing Lumber Before Drying
Planed green lumber dries with significantly less checking. March 3, 2006

Home-made house materials
Advice on sawing out the lumber to build your own house. February 28, 2001

Solar kiln glazing
Best material choices for a double layer of glaze. April 9, 2003

Drying Ash Flooring
Kiln-drying is essential to kill bugs and achieve the proper low moisture content for stability in service. May 11, 2005

Acid Condensation Issues with Drying Kilns
This discussion of drying Oak for iron-and-wood furniture purposes takes an interesting detour into a discussion of acidic conditions in wood and kilns. October 15, 2010

Solar kilns - putting it all together
Compiling and analyzing information on the efficient design and construction of a solar kiln. November 22, 2003

Pricing for Kiln Drying
Sawmillers share numbers on kiln-drying service charges. November 14, 2009

Drying cedar slabs -- and stepping up sawmill production
Effective drying and basic sawing with a scragg mill. September 2, 2002

Temperature, Humidity, and Drying
Some generic head-scratching over relative humidity and the heat required to dry wood under various conditions. April 10, 2007

Fan Speed for Solar Kilns
Advice on maintaining appropriate air flow over the stack in a solar drying kiln. March 26, 2013

Causes and cures for sticker stain
The Wood Doctor weighs in with comprehensive information about the causes and prevention of sticker stain. 1998.

Drying burly slabs
Keeping oak slabs from cracking. January 16, 2002

Drying with Moderate Heat
Here's info on how various types of wood will respond to conditions in a home-built drying room that doesn't get much warmer than 120F. There's a useful lecture here on how case-hardening occurs. May 16, 2008

I've Got that Shrinking Feeling
Specific information on lumber shrinkage during the drying process. Includes 'typical shrinkage' tables for red and white oak. 1998.

Air-Drying Versus Kiln-Drying for High-Value Wood
Done right, kiln-drying gives you better control over quality. June 9, 2007

Steaming Walnut for Color
A description of Walnut steaming methods. June 13, 2014

Mobile Wood-Burning Kiln
Is a wood-fired, movable lumber drying kiln feasible? Here are some ideas. July 13, 2006

"Intermediate Conditioning" in the Drying Kiln
Is it a good idea to add moisture to a kiln for a period during the middle of the drying cycle, in order to relieve casehardening stress? June 13, 2014

Drying Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus is a fussy wood to air-dry or kiln-dry. Here are some clues about its character. October 14, 2006

Automatic vents for solar kiln
Can vents be left open at night or must they be controlled? (Sawing and Drying Forum) April 29, 2003

Using Outdoor Cold for Drying Dehumidification
Unlike a powered dehumidifier, a cold kiln wall dumps heat to the outdoors, and so expends energy just as venting does. Here's a long discussion of alternatives to heat for kiln drying, and why they're mostly not practical. April 10, 2007

Air-drying oak
Can a suitable MC for cabinet construction be reached? February 6, 2002

Sizing Up a Kiln
This question about how to assess the worth of a used kiln leads to a discussion of kiln technology in general, including the different requirements for drying softwoods and hardwoods. October 17, 2012

Converting A Shipping Container to a Drying Kiln
Design, construction, and operation info from folks who've done it. February 26, 2005

Temperature and Humidity Measurement Accuracy and Drying Kiln Control
Instruments have limited accuracy. So to fine-tune a kiln's performance, you have to monitor the drying progress by weighing wood samples. July 29, 2012

"Safe Drying Rate" and a Dehumidifier Kiln
A discussion of how to apply "safe drying rate" calibrations with a home-built dehumidifying kiln. January 27, 2007

Logging Equipment
Essential equipment for a small-scale logging operation. April 25, 2001

Bowing in Pine Staves After Planing
Here's a good explanation of why lumber may move after being planed and why that is not easy to correct. January 20, 2010

Preventing Insect Infestation in Lumber Production
Pesticides have limited usefulness and significant hazards. Good yard hygeine and application of heat are the more practical choices. February 14, 2006

Cupping of newly cut lumber
Why would all the lumber in one kiln load cup toward the sapwood? January 16, 2002

Optimizing Fans in a Solar Kiln
Advice on housings and shrouds for kiln fans. December 31, 2013

Water and Wood
Some options for measuring moisture in lumber during the kiln-drying process. 1998.

Mixed-Species Loads and Moisture Equalization
Kiln-drying Spruce and Fir together creates difficulty, because they dry at radically different rates and because there is moisture transfer between boards. June 13, 2014

Drying Oak Lumber: Step 7, Storage
The Wood Doctor discusses how to protect dried lumber from damage during storage. August 27, 2012

Is Vacuum Dried Wood Stronger?
With so many variables to control, it's hard to be sure whether any particular drying system gives better results in terms of wood properties. October 29, 2012

Over-Drying and Wood Quality
Kiln operators discuss what happens to lumber when you overshoot your moisture content target. February 14, 2006

Measuring Moisture Gradient at the End of Kiln-Drying
Core and shell moisture content can be important things to know in certain cases, but it's usually not vital information for running the kiln. June 13, 2014

Dehumidification Kiln Conditioning Without Steam
Techniques and equipment for producing a balanced environment inside your kiln. May 11, 2005

Case Hardening Explained
A semi-technical discussion about how the wood drying process can create stresses between interior and surface wood layers and about how to reduce or prevent that situation. January 19, 2012

Longitudinal Versus Tangential Stress
A discussion of how to evaluate and troubleshoot drying stress in kiln-dried lumber. June 13, 2014

Hairline Cracks in Kiln-Drying Cherry
Checking in Cherry appears as a fine crack, and is the result of too-fast air-drying, not kiln-drying. April 15, 2012

Stickers and sticker shadow
A discussion on synthetic and traditional stickers, and an explanation of reverse sticker shadow. May 30, 2001

Double-Checking Moisture Content
You can check your moisture meter by drying wood samples and weighing them, but the method has its own uncertainties and imprecisions. August 29, 2006

The Importance of Air Velocity in Drying
How air speed through the kiln affects lumber seasoning. July 20, 2002

Solar Drying Kiln Q&A
Basic questions and answers on vent sizing and temperature conditions in a solar kiln. January 18, 2011

Stain Spots on Soft Maple after Kiln Drying
This particular problem was a chemical stain, but the thread also has an interesting discussion of beetle damage. June 13, 2014

Drying Lodgepole Pine in Colorado
Detailed advice on air-drying and kiln-drying lodgepole pine (some logged green and some killed by beetles). April 21, 2008

Calculating airflow in a kiln
Quantifying airflow through lumber stacks. April 2, 2002

Monitoring Progress in a Dehumidifier Kiln
Collecting and measuring the removed water is not a reliable way to gauge drying progress, especially when drying mixed thicknesses of wood. June 4, 2012

Heat Up Rate in Lumber Drying
Most wood-drying situations don't require careful control of the rate at which the load heats up. June 13, 2014

Steaming, Drying, and Honeycomb in Walnut
Bacterial infection as well as steamer and kiln settings may have caused reported honeycombing at one end of thick Walnut boards. June 18, 2009

Vacuum kilns
Choosing between a vacuum and dehumidification kiln. July 24, 2001

How to Prevent Drying Stress
A quick explanation from the Wood Doctor of what causes drying stress, and how to prevent or reduce it. August 15, 2011

Fan Motor Switch Tripping Problem in a Dehumidifier Kiln
Troubleshooting a fan performance issue in a dehumidifier kiln. October 15, 2010

Hardwood Lumber Kiln Schedules
Dr. Gene Wengert provides schedules for kiln drying hardwood lumber. 1998.

Wet Pockets in Kiln-Dried Wood
Bacterial infections can cause streaks of 30% moisture content in wood that is mostly at 7% MC. March 4, 2009

Drying rates for hardwood lumber -- How fast can you dry?
Facts and stats for time-sensitive drying that will produce quality lumber. November 29, 2002

Air-Drying Time and the Need for Conditioning
If you air-dry lumber for long enough, it won't experience drying stress in the kiln; but you do risk lumber degrade. July 30, 2007

Tension Set and Lumber Conditioning
Advice on remediating curved lumber after resawing, with a discussion of why "tension set" occurs and how the effect can be reversed. October 19, 2013

Rates for sawmilling/kiln-drying
Sawyers post their individual rates for sawmill and kiln-drying services. June 27, 2000

Hard Maple for Baseball Bats
Info about sawing, drying, and grading maple bat billets. October 2, 2005

Dead Standing Douglas Fir: Is It Dry Already?
A discussion about the useability of wood from dead standing tree logs without further drying, and a little bit of kiln-related history. April 27, 2007

Boosting a Solar Kiln with Propane Heat
Thoughts on modifying a solar kiln with supplemental propane heat to kill bugs and set pitch. April 30, 2009

Drying Juvenile SYP
A few thoughts on the challenges of high-volume drying of 2x4 lumber cut from very small trees. June 13, 2014

Mesquite Lore
Texas woodworkers share their knowledge of Mesquite wood. August 21, 2006

Red oak drying problems
Troubleshooting a problem of varying moisture contents in loads of kiln-dried red oak. March 20, 2001

Hawaii Solar Kiln Show and Tell
A forum member from Hawaii shows his backyard solar drying kiln and gets some advice on improving it. May 27, 2014

Dealing with Variable Moisture Content in the Kiln Load
Mixed loads with varied moisture contents are an age-old problem with no easy solution. But here are some ways to approach the situation. June 13, 2014

Air-Drying and Kiln-Drying Thick Maple
Drying 12/4 hard Maple, a kiln operator walks a fine line between checking and staining. Here's more. July 29, 2011

Drying Rewetted Kiln-Dried Lumber
How to render kiln-dried lumber, which has been rewetted due to flooding or excessive humidity, useful once again. 1998.

Size effect on shrinkage
Are traditional shrinkage values applicable to drying large cants? May 9, 2001

Air-Drying and Kiln-Drying Methods for Wide Plank Flooring
A discussion of the most cost-effective and quality-conscious way to dry wide planks for use as flooring. September 6, 2010

Is Your Meter Running?
The value of the moisture meter when drying of oak lumber. 1998.

Checking in Oak
A discussion of kiln conditions and other factors that can cause Oak to check while drying. October 29, 2008

Bug Control in Ash and Oak
Details about the heat conditions required to kill insects in a load of lumber being kiln-dried. March 28, 2012

Holly Staining: Fungus or Pigment?
Holly stains if it's not dried quickly and properly. But what's the real cause? A scientist weighs in on samples collected by a sawyer. July 12, 2005

Elevated Moisture Readings after Planing
Wood that is not uniformly dry will read higher after planing; and the results vary between pin meters and pinless models. June 4, 2012

Running a Solar Kiln
Advice from old hands on operating a solar kiln. August 22, 2005

Miniature Solar Kilns
Very small solar kilns are indeed practicable, if you only need to dry small pieces of wood. December 31, 2012

Selecting Fans for a Solar Kiln
Advice on picking fans that will move the right amount of air and not fail from overheating. February 8, 2008

Casehardening, Checking, and Warping
Dry lumber that warps when resawn offers a lesson about casehardening and its effects. May 27, 2008

Reconditioning of Collapsed/Washboard Timber
Collapse of sawn lumber during drying is a rare event. Steaming may help prevent the problem, and to some extent cure it. January 12, 2015

Drying Oak Lumber: Step 1, Assessing the Raw Material
The first step in drying Oak is to know the characteristics of the lumber you're planning to dry. July 29, 2012

Kiln-Drying Reclaimed Heart Pine
A few simple tips for a new kiln operator. October 2, 2005

Moisture variance in red oak
Basic drying procedures and a discussion of bacteria in red oak. February 13, 2001

Lumber Conditioning Advice
Info on mixed loads, re-wetting dried lumber, and related topics. September 25, 2014

Treating Air-Dried Wood with Pesticides
Surface-applied pesticides may be dangerous or even illegal, and will probably do no good. Instead, heat-treat wood to kill bugs. February 14, 2006

Dehumidification drying of thin stock
Simple drying methods for small, thin stock. (Sawing and Drying Forum) March 23, 2003

Managing Airflow in the Pre-Dryer
Advice on using temporary baffles to keep air flowing through the remaining stacks as some wood is removed. June 13, 2014

Fanless Solar Kiln?
Natural convection is not a practical way to power air flow through a drying kiln. August 1, 2011

Lowering Wood Moisture Content
A woodworker has some lumber at 12% moisture content that he wants to dry down to 9%. Here are some quick and cheap ways to accomplish that. October 19, 2013

Digital hygrometers
Kiln operators discuss options for measuring conditions in their lumber drying and storage facilities. July 26, 2000

Kiln Humidity Monitoring: In-Flow or Out-Flow?
Standard practice is to monitor the characteristics of air before it enters the pile, but monitoring exiting air could work under some circumstances. July 29, 2012

Should Hardwood be Air-Dried Before Kiln-Drying?
A discussion on the best drying schedule for maple, white ash, black ash, beech, cherry, and birch. December 1, 2005

Comparing moisture meters
An assessment of the performance of pin and pinless moisture meters made by major manufacturers. July 11, 2000

How did our forebears dry lumber?
How lumber was dried for furniture construction prior to the introduction of kiln drying. November 21, 2000

Moisture Monitoring in Kiln Operations
A technical discussion of how to keep track of drying conditions in a kiln in real time. April 18, 2010

Dump Cycle Kiln Drying
A discussion of the value of periodic high-volume venting during the kiln-drying process. July 13, 2006

Air Flow Meters for Kilns
A discussion on the state of technology for monitoring airflow inside a kiln during drying, and about whether the data is useful in any case.June 13, 2014

Fiber saturation point: not an issue
Why the fiber saturation point is not a critical element in proper kiln drying practice. September 26, 2000

Drying Wood in a Shipping-Container Kiln
Insights on using a dehumidifier kiln built from a shipping container. December 11, 2007

Ideas for weighting stickered lumber
Options for applying weight to stickered, drying lumber are offered. August 10, 2000

Economics of End-Coating to Prevent Checking
If you look at the numbers, sealing log or board ends is worth the cost. June 13, 2014

Bug Holes in Air-Dried Maple
Advice on a lumber insect infestation. March 4, 2009

Monitoring Moisture Content During Kiln Drying
At the critical early stages when wood moisture content is high, moisture meters are not accurate. Here are tips on keeping track of moisture throughout the drying process. May 17, 2011

Yellow Streaks in Claro Walnut After Kiln-Drying
Bacterial infection inhibits drying in walnut, leading to visible discoloration that is revealed when the wood is planed. December 11, 2007

Humidity Control in a Kiln
A kiln operator gets advice on airflow and humidity settings. April 27, 2007

Rx For Planer Splits
The five main causes for splits in lumber during roughmill planing. 1998.

Drying Walnut Crotch Slabs
A light coat of sealant? Or a slow, careful spell in the kiln? February 26, 2005

Sawing and drying mesquite
Dealing with many-trunked mesquite trees. February 6, 2002

Drying Oak Lumber: Step 6C, Equalizing and Conditioning
Equalizing and conditioning result in consistent lumber with minimal drying stresses. But this step adds time and expense. August 27, 2012

Dehumidifier Kiln "Hanging Up"
Dehumidifier kilns sometimes stall as moisture content readings get closer to the target. An extra shot of heat can help a lot. July 3, 2008

Troubleshooting Low Humidity During Conditioning
A cold spot or air leak in the kiln can prevent the air from reaching the target humidity for conditioning. June 13, 2014

Selecting a Moisture Meter
A discussion of desirable attributes for a moisture meter used for kiln-drying quality control. June 30, 2007

Drying Half Logs for Benches
Unfortunately, large logs crack as they dry. It's unavoidable. March 16, 2015

Troubleshooting a Dehumidifier Kiln
A newly acquired (but secondhand) dehumidifier kiln has some performance issues, and the Sawing and Drying forum offers advice. March 26, 2013

Does Vacuum Kill Insects?
Nope, you need heat to kill bugs in wood (and don't call them bugs). March 4, 2009

Measuring Air Velocity in a Kiln
Airflow is usually measured exiting the kiln. Here are some details on good practice. June 13, 2014

Producing Drying Defects on Purpose
A client requests surface checks in his kiln charge of white oak. Should the operator oblige? May 11, 2005

Drying Spalted Alder
To halt the growth of spalting fungus, dry quickly and/or heat above 133F. December 23, 2014

Drying wood for musical instruments
A primer on various lumber drying techniques as they relate to musical instrument construction. 1998.

Adding Supplemental Heat to a Solar Kiln
Extra heat for a solar kiln could help in some circumstances, but hurt in others. February 12, 2007

Drying Fast-Growth Hybrid Poplar
Advice on how to address cupping of hybrid poplar during air-drying and kiln-drying. January 29, 2009

Phytosanitary Standards for Lumber Export
A little information about heat-treating and labeling requirements for wood pallets and lumber destined for export overseas. July 26, 2010

DH Kiln Drying
References for DH kiln drying instruction

Drying Pressure Treated Lumber
Advice on the complications involved in kiln-drying preservative-treated lumber. April 2, 2013

Conditioning Lumber to Relieve Drying Stress
Tips on steaming lumber at the end of the drying cycle to reduce stress. May 15, 2012

Color Variations Induced by Drying Wood
A discussion of how the kiln drying process can result in a variety of wood colors. June 13, 2014

Whether or Not to Condition Lumber after Drying
It's not always necessary to condition a load of dried lumber at the end of the drying cycle only sometimes. February 22, 2011

Is Dehumidifier Kiln Wastewater Safe?
Don't assume that it's safe to dump kiln water to the environment. There could be some contamination. March 10, 2008

A Small Solar Kiln
Report and photos of a small, just-finished solar kiln. November 8, 2007

Kiln Drainage
Wood in a kiln releases water in vapor form. But condensation may occur in the kiln, requiring attention to drainage. April 2, 2015

Cupping in Wide Boards from Drying
A discussion of the processes that make boards cup during kiln-drying. February 27, 2013

How Fast Does Kiln-Dried Oak Regain Moisture?
Advice on how to measure the increase in moisture content of wood stored in a covered shed after kiln-drying. June 13, 2014

Dry Kiln Information Resources
A list of clubs, organizations, books and publications providing information about drying lumber for use in woodworking. 1998.

Making a Drying Kiln from an Insulated Truck Body
This conversation touches on the quantity of heat needed to dry a load of wood, the advantage of using a dehumidifier, and the possible issues with corrosion. April 18, 2015

Moisture Variations in Dried Lumber
"Wet pockets" in kiln-dried lumber, or occasional wet pieces of wood in a load of dried lumber, are an unacceptable defect.June 13, 2014

Drying Time for 6/4 Red Oak
Here's a quick technical look at the factors affecting kiln drying 6/4 Red Oak, including kiln type and initial moisture content. Air drying may be more cost-effective. July 16, 2012

Geothermal dehumidification kiln
Can water piped from below ground help with dehumidification? July 24, 2001

Controlling Overheating in a Dehumidifying Kiln
How to cool off a dehumidifier kiln that is overheating just from the compressor heat. March 4, 2009

Beetle Troubles
Tips on dealing with lyctid (powderpost) beetles and the less troublesome anobiid beetle. April 27, 2007

Drying Bowl and Platter Blanks
Rough-turn the pieces before drying for better results. August 30, 2005

Energy Cost of Vacuum Kilns
Estimates of the electricity and heating fuel consumption and cost for vacuum kiln operation. June 28, 2006

Determining MC by weight
Tools and techniques for measuring moisture content by weighing lumber cuttings. January 4, 2001

Solar kiln instruments
Advice on controls for monitoring a solar kiln. October 2, 2001

Drying Willow in a Solar Kiln
Challenging scenario: a tricky wood to dry and a difficult kiln to control. February 14, 2010

Solar Kilns and Wood Sterilizing
Solar kilns don't get hot enough to sterilize wood (for that you should have an artificially heated supplemental chamber).July 7, 2011

Power Venting a Kiln
A discussion of the ideal location for powered vents for a large drying kiln. May 14, 2006

Storing Maple in Partially Dried Condition
A woodworker gets advice on the feasibility of maintaining wood at 25% moisture content for use in drying operations. January 8, 2010

Troubleshooting Cracks in Kiln-Dried Live Oak
Experts attribute a cracking problem in 8/4 Live Oak slabs to drying the wood too fast at too low humidity. August 26, 2008

Conditioning DH-kiln-dried white oak
July 18, 2000

Don't send a home dehumidifier -- to do a commercial kiln's work
Are domestic dehumidifiers adaptable for use in drying small quantities of lumber? March 12, 2000

Solar Kiln at Work
Here's a look at a newly completed backyard solar wood drying kiln with its first load of lumber. March 28, 2012

Lindane
Information on Lindane, a pesticide used to control powderpost beetles. June 21, 2000

Shopping for a Dehumidifying Kiln
If you consider getting a European-made dehumidifying kiln for use in the U.S., make sure it's compatible with U.S. power supply voltages. June 16, 2014

Understanding Drying Stress in Wood
A complaint about cupping in mahogany door stiles after machining leads to a discussion of what causes drying stress and related movement in kiln-dried wood. June 23, 2006

Fans Size and Drying Kiln Dimensions
Considerations regarding fan capacity, kiln size, and lumber pile size in a dehumidfying kiln. January 25, 2010

Planer is tearing-out -- on white oak, but not red
What could be the culprit when a planer is tearing out on one type of oak, but not another? June 14, 2000

Steaming Walnut
If you do it properly, steaming walnut brings color to the sapwood without destroying the figure in the heartwood. May 11, 2005

Heat Control in a Dehumidifier Kiln
Understanding how supplemental heating and the compressor's heating effect interact in a dehumidifier kiln. February 15, 2009

Sticker Thickness
Three quarters of an inch is the practical minimum. April 10, 2005

Pros and Cons of Radio-Frequency Vacuum Drying
RF vacuum drying tends to be complicated, expensive, dangerous, and unreliable. February 15, 2015

20 Steps to Drying Hard White Maple
The Wood Doctor's 100 percent guaranteed, sure-fire, no-snake-oil method for successfully drying hard white maple. 1998.

Challenges of Drying Eucalyptus
Many ways have been tried to prevent Eucalyptus wood's tendency to warp and check, but none have proven to be highly successful. February 29, 2012

Maple Color and Drying Conditions
Maple can turn gray as it dries. If you want white wood, you have to carefully control the kiln conditions. July 30, 2007

Growth Stress End Checking
Log characteristics can cause checks to open up, even when ends are coated and drying conditions are correct. February 19, 2006

Troubleshooting Wood Discoloration with High Pressure Steam Equalization
Advice on setup details to keep liquid water out of the situation when using high-pressure steam to condition wood in a kiln. June 13, 2014

Cause of Loose Knots in Pine
Looseness or tightness of a knot in Pine is a characteristic that is formed during tree growth, not a product of the kiln process. June 13, 2014

Oven-Drying Wood for Moisture Content Testing
Information on the correct methods for oven-drying wood samples to determine moisture content. September 27, 2008

Glazing for a Solar Kiln
Clear glazing works much better than translucent white, a solar kiln owner discovers. December 15, 2005

Sawing wood for house-framing
The basics of sawing and drying lumber to by used in constructing a house. January 3, 2001

Wood weight and highway transport
How to accurately estimate the weight of a truckload of air-dried lumber to assure compliance with trucking regulations. Includes access info for resources. August 1, 2000

Unusual Checking in Hard Maple
A case where every board sawn from a Maple log has checks through the middle. What's going on? February 17, 2012

Air temp, relative humidity and MC
How much moisture can air hold, and what is the effect on drying lumber? July 4, 2000

Attic drying and over-drying
Can wood be over-dried in your attic? October 15, 2001

Movement in Slabs Cut from Crotch Wood
Advice on sawing and drying crotch wood, with a view to managing warping and splitting. January 28, 2014

Time to Kiln-Dry 12/4 White Ash
Estimates on the time required to dry a load of White Ash sawn three inches thick. March 28, 2010

Slow Drying at the End of Dehumidification Kiln Run
If drying slows or stalls at close to the target moisture content, a small amount of added heat is appropriate. December 8, 2012

Drying Schedule for Red Oak
Advice for a kiln operator on drying rates and humidity and heat settings for drying Red Oak in a dehumidifier kiln. October 3, 2009

Venting and Fans for a Solar Kiln
A quick expert explanation from the Wood Doctor of how and why vents and fans are used in a solar wood drying kiln. April 20, 2011

Bugs in air-dried ash
Can a stack of ash be saved from an infestation of powderpost beetles? June 20, 2000

Sawing and Drying Red Gum
Advice on how to process Red Gum and comments about its marketability. January 2, 2012

Moisture Meter Quality and Price
What makes a good moisture meter? March 3, 2006

Kiln Drying Color Change
Experts and sawyers discuss the various reasons wood from the same batch might end up with slightly different colors. September 6, 2010

Troubleshooting Warpage with Kiln-Dried Cherry
Why did a load of Cherry boards warp in the kiln? May 16, 2008

Drying Siberian Elm Slabs
Prone to warpage and bug damage, Siberian Elm is tricky wood to dry. March 31, 2008

Kiln Drying in a Heat Wave
When conditions are wrong, a solar kiln can easily be too hot for good results. Here are tips on controlling drying conditions during hot weather. May 15, 2012

Reducing warp during kiln drying
Weights? Restraints? What are the best methods for preventing warp in boards near the top of the drying stack? February 13, 2001

Honeycomb and Checking with Mixed Kiln Loads
Advice on limiting honeycomb defects in Red Oak during kiln-drying operations. September 6, 2010

Sizing Up Dehumidifier Kilns
Thoughts on the objective characteristics to consider when evaluating which dehumidifier kiln is right for you. April 11, 2008

Adjusting Moisture Meter Readings for Hot Lumber
Moisture meters aren't accurate when used on hot wood fresh from the drying kiln. You have to allow for that. June 13, 2014

Setting Pitch in a Dehumidifier Kiln
DH kilns may not reach the temperatures required to set pitch in wood. Be careful of CO poisoning when supplying supplemental heat. December 11, 2007

Sycamore Drying Schedule
Advice on a drying schedule for Sycamore in a dehumidifier kiln. August 8, 2008

Power Vent Systems on a Dehumidifier Kiln
Comments on the practicality of automatic powered vent louvers on a dehumidifier kiln. March 31, 2008

Dehumidifier Kiln Drying and Insects
Cooler temperatures in a DH kiln aren't a reliable way to kill all insects, but the dryness will get some of them. May 18, 2010

"Caramelizing" Issues when Drying Hard Maple
Here's a technical explanation of the chemical process that makes some wood turn brown during kiln-drying. December 12, 2008

Keeping lumber flat during drying
Advice from Professor Gene Wengert on drying lumber in order to produce flat, true boards. December 12, 2000

Hardness and Kiln-Drying Temperature
Higher drying temperatures affect the hardness and machinability of wood. December 12, 2008

Kiln velocity and sticker thickness
The necessary volume and velocity of air exchange, and sticker size, for a small dehumidification kiln are discussed. November 29, 2000

Drying Schedule for 8/4 Walnut
Be careful when drying thick Walnut drying too fast can damage the wood. January 14, 2013

Basement drying basics
The Wood Doctor prescribes proper drying procedures for a small batch in a basement. June 21, 2000

Drying and Processing Mulberry
A slow-drying wood, Mulberry requires special handling. May 18, 2010

Drying Technique and Wood Hardness
Those in the know describe the effects of case-hardening (a drying defect) and how to diagnose it, as opposed to hardness that would affect machinability of wood. July 30, 2007

Lumber Drying Costs
The price of kiln-drying services varies by location. Here, pros discuss the factors that contribute to the cost. August 23, 2005

Excessive Checking in 8/4 Honey Locust
Slower drying under moister conditions might have helped this load. August 31, 2005

Optimal width when milling lumber
Milling lumber to the ideal width, and stacking for drying without warpage. December 6, 2000

Checking for Drying Stress in Kiln-Dried Lumber
A kiln owner learns how to properly test his product for drying-induced stresses. June 30, 2007

Dry-Bulb and Wet-Bulb Settings and Kiln Control
Tips on temperature and humidity control in kiln-drying operations. March 26, 2007

Drying Heavy Oak Timbers
Expect a lot of checks and cracks. October 2, 2005

Lumber weight as a drying signpost
Calculating weight and moisture loss in a dehumidifcation kiln. July 24, 2001

Drying Logs in a Vacuum Kiln
Heavy timbers dry rapidly in a vacuum kiln. October 26, 2013

Drying Beech in a Dehumidifier Kiln
Beech needs an aggressive drying schedule, similar to Oak or hard Maple. January 25, 2013

Supplemental Heat for a Solar Kiln
Kiln owners suggest ways to "bump up" the heat at the end of a drying cycle. October 20, 2005

Energy Cost for a Vacuum Kiln
An analysis of the energy bills involved in operating a vacuum kiln. July 13, 2006

Setting Pitch in Southern Yellow Pine
You have to heat the wood to 160F to set all the sap. Otherwise it will ooze out, even through shellac or other sealers. February 9, 2008

Troubleshooting Bow in Kiln-Dried Cherry
A discussion of the causes and possible cures for bowing of lumber. November 14, 2009

Moisture Content for Furniture Making
Lumber in the kiln is ready when its moisture content is the same that it will see in service. August 21, 2006

Lumber Acid Content
A closer look at when lumber or bark might release tannic acid or acetic acid. April 17, 2009

Whether to Air-Dry Before Kiln-Drying
In almost all cases, better quality is obtained by kiln-drying from green. May 27, 2006

Yellow discoloration in oak
Causes of yellow staining in kiln-dried oak are discussed. October 2, 2001

Solar Kiln Q&A
A few basic questions about solar drying kilns, answered. December 8, 2012

Small Charges in the Drying Kiln
Running the kiln partially loaded involves some tweaks and compromises. August 8, 2008

Difficulty with Drying Small Loads
Running a predryer with a quarter charge of green wood is tricky to manage and full of risks. April 24, 2014

Heat Treating Wood for Overseas Shipment
The rules for heat-treating lumber for shipment overseas are impracticable because of the likely damage to both the lumber and the treating kiln. January 12, 2015

Forced Air Circulation in a Solar Kiln
An example of a fan-and-plastic-sheeting setup that forces air through the lumber stack. May 14, 2006

Mold on Southern Pine
The wood doctor explains why Southern Pine supposedly dried to 18% moisture content would still support mold after being stacked inside a dried-in house under construction. January 25, 2013

Adding Fans to a Dehumidifier Kiln
Is it worth it to exceed the design air circulation in a dehumidifier kiln? By the numbers, probably not. May 15, 2012

Re-Sawing or Re-Wetting Partially Dried Wood
Either would be a mistake. January 14, 2009

Drying Holly
Holly wood is prized for its white color, but it stains easily during drying. October 1, 2010

Drying Time for Black Walnut
Dry slowly to prevent checking, and test with a moisture meter. February 26, 2005

"True honeycomb" defined
What is "true honeycomb" and what causes it? November 7, 2001

Troubleshooting Unexpected Honeycombing and Checks
A kiln operator seeks an explanation and some advice after a batch goes badly. January 12, 2015

Wood Doc's Video about Wood Moisture
Here's Dr. Gene Wengert's video presentation about wood moisture content and wood behavior. August 16, 2012

You say pecan, I say hickory
Pecan lumber is usually sold as hickory. June 20, 2000

Drying Lumber in the Attic
It's hot and dry up there maybe too dry. But for small amounts, attic drying is feasible, though tricky. December 1, 2005

Re-Drying A Few Wet Pieces to Speed Production
One way to dry loads of lumber more quickly is to separate out the few still-wet pieces for a second pass through the kiln. June 13, 2014

Peruvian Walnut Drying Defects
Peruvian Walnut shows wide variability, which can create drying and machining difficulties. June 13, 2014

Preventing Sticker Stain
Stickers should be kiln-dry, and quickly pre-drying boards on end can help. August 31, 2005

Whether to Run a Dehumidifier in a Solar Kiln
Solar kilns usually run too hot to be suitable for a dehumidification approach. Correct venting is the key. January 17, 2011

Drying to ISPM 15 Specs
Wood for foreign-bound pallets and crating needs to be heat-treated according to International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) criteria. There's a strict standard and a verification requirement, so it's not a casual undertaking. August 29, 2006

Drying Very Large Oak Timbers
Big timbers should dry very slowly, and even then, the wood may be damaged. May 3, 2011

Drying 4" by 12" White Oak
Slow air-drying before kiln-drying will partially limit the cracking of large pieces of White Oak.

Cupping of resawn lumber
The two reasons wood cups when resawn. 1998.

Drying Cherry with Complex Grain
Tips on how to dry some pieces of highly figured Cherry wood. April 27, 2007

Interior kiln coating
Products to use as a sealer over OSB. October 9, 2002

Drying red oak
Is air drying, prior to kiln drying, a good idea? March 20, 2001

Nyle L150 dehumidification system
A discussion about whether a Nyle L150 dehumidification system is salvagable. March 6, 2000

Lumber from a lake bottom??
Is it possible to dry logs which have spent 50 years underwater? January 31, 2001

Kiln drying Mexican oak
Mexican oak can be dried using the same schedules as those used by processors in the United States. 1998.

Cypress board and batten siding
It's better to kiln dry that cypress before siding your house with it than to let air-drying suffice. 1998.

Verifying moisture meters' accuracy
A discussion of ways to verify the accuracy of moisture meters. Includes info on calibration. June 21, 2000

Test for Honeycomb
A method for testing dried lumber to detect honeycomb, with advice on how to prevent the checking that leads to honeycomb. June 13, 2014

Spots revealed in dry, planed lumber
Dr. Gene attempts to find the causes of discolored spots on dried lumber, revealed only when the stock has been planed. 1998.

Temperature maximums for dehumidification units
and that's plenty. 1998.

Techniques for drying wooden bowls
Advice on how to dry large, turned vessels. 1998.

Conditioning lumber -- The final step in drying
Why conditioning is the last but crucial step in the drying process. December 12, 2000

Dark Core in Soft Maple
A kiln operator finds that his maple boards develop a light surface and dark core. Others weigh in with thoughts and advice. August 31, 2005

Controls and Venting for a Dehumidifier Kiln
Advice on controlling the conditions in a dehumidifier kiln. August 1, 2011

Drying Rates of Different Wood Varieties
Drying rates are complicated because they depend on wood density as well as other factors. October 19, 2013

Drying hickory lumber
Avoiding sticker stain and bugs in hickory lumber. December 12, 2000

Acid, Aluminum, Oak, and Kiln Durability
The acids in Oak can attack aluminum kiln components. Here's advice on managing the problem. July 15, 2012

Kiln dried: Better than air dried?
Why kiln-dried lumber is the best option for wood that will eventually 'live' indoors. 1998.

Solar Kiln Fans Question
An airflow management problem in a solar kiln. April 15, 2012

Maple processing basics
The fundamentals of milling and drying maple. August 10, 2000

Drying Submerged Logs Recovered from a Lake
A discussion of the technical and legal issues relating to recovered "sinker" logs. September 6, 2010

Sticker stain solutions
A look at potential causes and solutions for sticker stain. July 11, 2000

Wet Pockets in Infected Wood
Bacterial infections cause wet pockets to remain in kiln-dried wood. Bad smells and other characteristic symptoms are described here. July 28, 2006

Drying Rates and Settings in a Dehumidifier Kiln
How to understand your dehumidifier kiln's capacity and drying rate. December 6, 2012

Drying Softwoods
If the product is structural lumber rather than appearance-grade wood, just dry the stuff as fast as your equipment can. January 27, 2007

Operating Solar Kilns on a Rainy Day
On rainy days, close the vents and switch off the fans. March 16, 2015

Optimizing Airflow in a Solar Kiln
Ideal airflow in a kiln varies by wood species. Here are some rules of thumb. December 31, 2012

Twisting lumber
What causes lumber to twist in a dehumidification kiln? March 20, 2001

Cures for sticker stain
Drying lumber can suffer from sticker stain for a variety of reasons. June 20, 2000

Primary processing profit parameters
Some goal guidelines for profitability in kiln-drying operations. July 26, 2000

Lumber Degrade Above or Below FSP
Is wood subject to degrade and defects above or below FSP?

After-the-kiln powderpost beetle infestation
Who's responsible for a powderpost beetle infestation, two years after the wood was kiln-dried? June 27, 2000

Hackberry sawing and drying
How to saw and dry hackberry to avoid chemical staining. March 7, 2000

Mold on Green Lumber
Quick drying should contain most mold problems encountered on freshly-sawn green lumber arriving at the kiln. June 13, 2014

Drying green tongue-and-groove pine
Success in drying green, already-machined lumber has much to do with the species. 1998.

Home dehumidifier for drying lumber
Can a home dehumidifier be used to kiln dry lumber? January 31, 2001

Time and Temperature to Kill Bugs
Advice on heat treating for pest control. October 17, 2012

Drying Mixed Thicknesses of Lumber
Tips on how to air-dry and kiln-dry lumber of different sawn thicknesses. October 1, 2009

Force Drying Pecan Slabs
Don't try high heat on Pecan it can split badly even when slowly air-dried. February 3, 2011

Bug Control: Pesticide, or a Salamander Heater?
Warnings: Pesticides will likely not penetrate lumber and kill a particular pest, and heating wood with fuel combustion exhaust can cause discoloration. January 28, 2014

Moisture Meters: Correcting for Temperature
Understanding the effect of cold temperatures and freezing on moisture meter readings. October 1, 2009

Kiln venting
Are vents needed in a condenser kiln? March 20, 2001

DH kiln preferences
A look at dehumidification kiln construction, and manufacturers of DH units. July 26, 2000

Sticker Stain in Hickory
Sticker stain is a warm-weather phenomenon. Here's advice about a suitable schedule for drying Hickory. May 27, 2014

A good, cheap end sealant?
A discussion of the pros and cons of various sealants used on ends of boards in primary lumber processing. April 22, 2000

Solar and Dehumidifier Kiln in Winter
Thoughts on how to improve the poor performance of a solar drying kiln during winter. December 31, 2012

Mixing Frozen and Green Lumber in a Kiln
It's best to separate the loads. Here's some insight into why. December 9, 2010

Maple Stain in a Kiln Load
Some explanation about why soft maple would stain in the kiln when hard maple in the same load did not. June 13, 2014

Controlling color in air-dried alder
Ideas for achieving color uniformity when air-drying alder. July 26, 2000

Control Issues in a Dehumidifier Kiln
If you run the kiln too hot, a safety cutoff may shut down your compressor, interfering with the drying process. April 27, 2007

Drying Logs for Cabin Construction
Advice on drying logs for cabin building, including how long to expect air drying to take and how hot to heat logs to set the pitch. October 19, 2014

Kiln Baffle Material
Canvas or carpet works well for directing air through the wood stack in a kiln. January 14, 2009

Testing for Case-Hardening and Drying Stress
Tips on detecting drying stress. October 29, 2008

Pause button on kiln?
Is lumber adversely affected if drying is suspended late in the kiln schedule? August 1, 2000

Variable Speed Fan Efficiency
People do drive their kiln fans above rated capacity sometimes, but it's an inefficient use of energy. June 13, 2014

Boiling Wood
Boiling wood before drying has various effects on the outcome. May 23, 2011

Wood Moisture Content and Equalization
Understanding how to evaluate wood moisture content when conditions have created a moisture gradient within the wood. April 11, 2008

Darkening Problem when Heating Ash to Kill Borers
Dry the wood first, then heat it, says the Wood Doctor. July 29, 2011

Good Steaming Conditions for Walnut
Getting lots of hot, wet steam is the trick but it's not easy to achieve. October 1, 2010

Kiln-drying energy: Too cheap to save?
Sleep lost over the most efficient way to insulate a wood kiln will yield only lost sleep, not big savings. 1998.

Does Rougher Wood Dry Faster?
Surface conditions do not control the overall rate of drying. July 28, 2008

Preventing Drying Damage to Oak
Advice on controlling the drying conditions for Oak. December 6, 2009

Sinker logs: Cutting, use and grading
A quick review of the cutting, use, and grading of lumber from sinker logs. June 20, 2000

Drying pine for a trestle table
A brief look at the basics of drying freshly milled, 3-inch-thick pine. 1998.

Shrinkage allowances for red oak
Estimating radial and tangential shrinkage when drying red oak to 12 to 14 percent MC. 1998.

Using A Wood-Fired Boiler to Heat a Kiln
BTU output and controls are the important concerns. August 26, 2008

Drying Massive Slabs
Air-drying and kiln-drying 12/4 or 16/4 hardwood slabs is slow and difficult, and the results can be mediocre. February 29, 2012

Heat Treating Logs On Site
Doubts on the feasibility of drying Southern Yellow Pine logs using temporary means at a building site. January 25, 2010

Kiln-Drying Associations -- Contact Info
Here's address, website, and contact information on several regional kiln-drying industry associations. March 30, 2008

Yellow Pine Pitch
Heating yellow pine will set the pitch. December 15, 2005

Warping after planing
Causes for the warping of boards after they are planed flat. June 13, 2001

Sticker specs and spacing
Basic info on the size and proper spacing of stickers when drying lumber. June 21, 2000

Drying Horticultural Maple
Specialty Maples used in landscaping dry like other Maple, but the wood tends to be twisty. June 16, 2014

Ratios: Relative humidity to moisture content
Common conversions and instruments used in measuring wood moisture content. October 31, 2000

A facility for storing kilned lumber
What's a good facility for storing kilned lumber without raising its moisture content? May 6, 2000

Drying small pieces in microwave
You can dry lumber in a microwave oven, under certain conditions. 1998.

Pin and pinless moisture meters
The pros and cons of pinless and pin-type moisture meters. March 20, 2001

Estimating BF yields
Some formulas for calculating board foot yields from rough logs. March 1, 2000

Tips for drying butternut burls
Butternut burls are dried much like regular lumber. Also, a source for further information on drying burls. 1998.

"Depression" explained
How to determine relative humidity with two types of temperature readings. June 20, 2000

Remotely Readable Moisture Probes for Wood Drying
Probes you can read without going inside the drying kiln are not a lot of help with the most problematic drying-related defects. March 16, 2015

Solar or dehumidification kiln?
A discussion of the merits of two types of kilns for lumber processing. March 12, 2000

Correcting case hardening
Correcting case hardening in processed lumber. July 11, 2000

Thinner Sticks in the Lumber Drying Pile
Reducing the thickness of spacer sticks in the lumber stack could reduce the drying effectiveness of the system and create quality issues. October 19, 2014

Case hardening in white oak
Is case hardening common in white oak, and should it be accepted? July 18, 2000

Moisture transfer in humid climes
Do tropical and sub-tropical species re-absorb moisture when left in their humid, native lands? September 6, 2000

Drying Loads with Mixed Moisture Content
It's a balancing act you have to watch out for the drier wood causing the wetter wood to dry too fast and check. October 4, 2011

Setting Pitch with a Solar Kiln
If the kiln doesn't get hot enough from sunshine alone, try some supplemental electric heat. July 10, 2007

Solar Kilns in Humid Climates
Solar kilns work well even in humid climates, because heating damp air lowers its relative humidity. April 30, 2006

Time and Temperature Curve to Kill Bugs
Here's a little basic info on bug killing with heat in thicker pieces of wood in the kiln. June 22, 2012

110-Volt Fans for Use in Kilns
Advice on finding fans that will perform in a drying kiln. July 3, 2008

Salvaging lumber from submerged wood
The best chance for salvaging lumber from submerged wood lies in cutting it quickly, and drying it slowly. 1998.

Stained oak from supplier
There are solutions for stained, milled, not-yet-dried oak lumber, but first , one must determine the cause of the staining. 1998.

Gross tally vs. net tally
The difference between "gross" and "net" tallies in lumber processing is explained. July 18, 2000

Wet bulb, dry bulb
An explanation of the terms "wet bulb" and "dry bulb" in reference to temperature measurement, and their particular usefulness. March 6, 2000

Causes for warpage after planing
Why boards may warp after surfacing. January 16, 2001

MC in imported mahogany furniture
Moisture contents higher than eight percent are suspect, and suppliers must be notified. 1998.

Night-time Reconditioning in Solar Kiln Operation
The nightly humidity increase in a solar kiln is not harmful to the drying lumber, but helps to relieve stress. December 31, 2013

Honeycomb Caused by Stickers?
Do stickers cause honeycomb? Well, it could happen. December 6, 2011

Heat considerations in solar kilns
Solar kilns get hot enough to handle some aspects of lumber drying, but not all of them. March 6, 2000

Drying Beech
Beech is a tricky wood to dry: too fast and it checks, too slow and it stains. August 21, 2006

Dry Kiln Schedules for Commercial Woods - Temperate and Tropical
Authoritative kiln schedules for 500 different domestic and foreign wood species. August 2, 2008

Drying Oak Lumber -- Ordering Information
Where to send your check or money order to receive a copy of this useful text. May 10, 2001

Characteristics of butt log lumber
Denser, darker wood than the rest of that from the same laod may be from butt logs. 1998.

Stacking a Kiln: Tight or Spaced Out?
Lumber in a drying kiln should be close packed edge to edge. December 23, 2014

Drying wood for drums
Avoiding checks, splits and cracks when drying lumber rounds for drum bodies. September 6, 2000

Casehardening explained
The Wood Doctor describes casehardening, its causes, and cure. July 18, 2000

Mixed Drying Loads
Mixing wood of different moisture contents in the same kiln load causes big problems, but mixing different lumber species at the same moisture content can be okay. May 15, 2012

Stains on wood
remove. June 27, 2000

Solar kiln construction - and more
are answered.

Drying hard maple for whiteness
Permissible extremes for dehumification drying of maple, to accentuate whiteness. 1998.

Drying South American hardwoods
Dr. Gene Wengert provides a resource for information on drying tropical hardwoods. 1998.

Kiln Charge Cooling
Cooling lumber arter drying is not a critical step. June 13, 2014

Effects of humidity swing
How does a swing in humidity affect drying time and MC gradient? February 28, 2001

Kiln Drying Gum
Sap Gum and Red Gum should be dried separately using different schedules. January 2, 2012

EMC/RH ratios
Here's a listing of equilibrium moisture content to relative humidity ratios. July 11, 2000

Preventing brown stain on pine
Warm weather is the culprit; keeping still-to-be-processed logs cools is the solution. 1998.

Weighting lumber stacks
How much weight is necessary for stacked lumber, ready to be air-dried? June 5, 2001

Trouble drying 8/4 oak
Drying 8/4 oak too rapidly will damage the wood. February 29, 2000

Preventing discoloration in rubber wood
The two causes of discoloration in rubber wood, and how to avoid them. August 10, 2000

Understanding the Drying of Wood
Here's a handy resource on the hows and whys of drying lumber. June 21, 2007

Oak cupping and warping
When during drying does oak lumber stop cupping and warping? July 4, 2000

Drying Eastern Hardwood Lumber
Authoritative how-to on cost-effective kiln-drying of hardwood lumber. November 24, 2007

Dark liquid from walnut: Toxic?
The Wood Doctor says: Stay away from this stuff! 1998.

Solar Drying Basics (PDF)
Illustrated article from the West Virginia University Extension Serivce on solar drying and kilns, in PDF format. June 19, 2003

DH kiln operation
A resource for DH kiln operation. 1998.

Drying red and white oak -- together?
Can red and white oak be kiln-dried together? March 20, 2001

What can be dried with black walnut?
How to determine what species are compatible for drying with black walnut. June 20, 2000

Kiln-drying eucalyptus
Recommended temperatures for drying this native Australian species. 1998.

Solar Kiln Glass
Are different types of glass more or less suitable for solar kilns? May 11, 2005

Drying hackberry
Drying hackberry is easy, provided you move quickly. June 5, 2001

A Checklist for Drying -- Small Amounts of Lumber
A publication from the Forest Service in PDF format. August 22, 2003

Dry Kiln Schedules -- for Commercial Woods
A publication from the Forest Service in PDF format. August 22, 2003

Timetable for final processing of walnut
Stock in cants form should be processed in a timely manner. March 26, 2000

Kiln fan settings
Guidelines for setting thermostatically controlled fans in lumber kilns. March 3, 2000

Drying lumber - selecting the best method
Is a solar kiln the best choice for this startup sawmill? December 17, 2003

Sawdust as fuel
Building a sawdust-fired boiler to heat kiln and shop. November 18, 2002

Processing trees to lumber -- for the hobbyist
A primer on sawing and drying lumber for projects at home. March 13, 2001

Wood Drying Conditions and Musical Instrument Sound Quality
Instrument makers, musicians, and sawing and drying pros discuss whether kiln-dried or air-dried wood affect the way a musical instrument sounds. February 14, 2010

Cupping and Bowing in Resawn Stock
Furnituremakers discuss drying issues such as casehardening that can cause lumber to move when ripped or re-sawn. April 18, 2015

Woodworking 101: The Basics
and shows how it can affect various production operations. 1998.

Eliminating Wood Problems -- An Industry Review: 10 Ways of Eliminating Wood Problems
Gene Wengert explains why eliminating wood problems begins and ends with monitoring and controlling the moisture content (MC) in wood -March 18, 2000

Is Kiln Drying to 7% Worth It?
Why kiln dry wood to 7% moisture content when it will gain moisture in storage? Here's an informative thread about proper drying targets and storage based on the intended end use of the lumber. December 31, 2013

Kiln drying for higher profit
Expanding a molding business to include kiln drying poplar. November 18, 2002

Dry kiln operator's manual
The modern dry kiln is a unique product of research, development, and experience. It is the only practical means now in wide use for rapid, high- volume drying of lumber to conditions necessary for maximum serviceability in housing, furniture, millwork, and many other wood products. As part of our c ......

Controlling Powderpost Beetles in Stored Lumber
Heat plus good hygeine are the standard recommendations, but this discussion also considers some alternative notions. November 14, 2009

Dry lumber kiln -- buying your first
Business and technical considerations when getting started in kiln drying. March 19, 2001

Honeycombing and Fresh Checking in a Newly Turned Newel Post
A woodworker's report of a honeycombing and checking problem leads to a good discussion of wood drying defects and how they manifest themselves. March 3, 2009

Home DH for drying lumber
Home dehumidifiers versus bought kilns for drying wood. September 2, 2002

Eradicating an Insect Infestation
A load of insect-infested reclaimed wood may have contaminated a whole operation. What to do? April 20, 2011

Moisture content oven tests
Microwave ovens versus drying ovens for MC testing. October 30, 2002

Aging yellow cedar
Attaining the look of naturally aged yellow cedar. September 2, 2002

Practical Ways to Reduce Drying Costs
Five tactics to consider for cutting the cost of drying a load of wood. June 13, 2014

Using a Corn Drier as a Kiln
Lumber drying is a controlled process, that an agricultural corn dryer probably cannot accomplish correctly. February 15, 2009

Vacuum Kilns - Pros and Cons
Testimony from operators who have used vacuum kilns. May 11, 2005

Straightening Thin Dowels
A woodworker struggles with a crooked dowel problem in a mass production setting. October 1, 2010

Moisture and Wood Movement In Kiln-Dried Versus Air-Dried Lumber
In principle, wood's response to moisture changes is the same, no matter how the wood was dried. In practice, there may be a slight difference. July 23, 2014

Air-Drying and Kiln-Drying 8/4 Oak
Experts and kiln owners discuss the proper drying schedule and the best equipment for drying thick Red Oak boards. August 13, 2014

Conditioning: Relieving those stresses
Try these solutions to a stress-free wood inventory. November 29, 2002

Is it Worth Kiln-Drying Firewood?
Considering the cost of kiln construction and energy inputs versus the value of extra-dry firewood, it's hard to see how the dollars make sense. January 27, 2008

Dealing with Insects in Furniture
Advice on heat-treating a Persimmon hutch that is being attacked by beetles. February 14, 2010

Drying wood in a tent
Recommendations on how to use the sun's rays and a plastic tent to dry lumber. November 7, 2001

Choosing a Moisture Meter
A well-informed discussion comparing the cost and characteristics of various pin and pinless moisture meters. October 11, 2012

Pricing for Kiln Drying Lumber
Here are pictures of a drying kiln building under construction, with commentary on how to charge for drying wood with a dehumidifier kiln. December 8, 2012

Why is Walnut Purple Sometimes?
The purple color of some Walnut boards is natural. Here's more background with comments and observations from woodworkers. February 16, 2014

Finish Over Air-Dried Pine
Soft resin and volatile natural solvents in softwoods will interfere with finishes unless the wood is kiln-dried at a high enough temperature to "set the pitch."August 17, 2009

Pros and Cons of Sawing Your Own
A solo cabinetmaker wonders if he should mill his own lumber on the side. March 14, 2005

Sawdust on stacked wood
Should sawdust be cleaned off before stacking and drying? October 15, 2001

Promoting blue stain
How to promote this visual effect in a stack of red pine. March 21, 2002

Reconciling Contradictory Moisture Readings
A pin-type moisture meter and a pinless moisture meter disagree during a quality-control check. What's going on? June 16, 2014

Powderpost beetles in hardwood beams
Is there any way to get rid of powderpost beetles riddling oak beams with holes? November 7, 2001

Steaming Before Kiln-Drying: Good Idea?
Steaming wood before the drying cycle may or may not be wise. But in any case, the idea is patented. June 13, 2014

Home-built solar kiln
Fully illustrated details of a solar dry kiln. May 5, 2003

Alternatives to Fumigating Furniture for Bugs
if you're careful. April 24, 2014

Stickers for green lumber
Where do sawyers get their stickers? November 7, 2001

Managing Fungus on Cedar
Advice on handling and cleaning a Cedar slab that wasn't properly dried and now harbors fungus. October 19, 2014

Minimum Sticker Thickness
How thin can stickers be in order to maximize kiln capacity without creating drying problems? May 11, 2005

Burlwood Rocking Chair Examples
Check out two beautiful rockers and the "before" picture of the sawn burls they were made from. May 31, 2010

Vacuum Dried Red Oak
Achieving quality and color. May 19, 2004

Worm Holes in Mahogany
Worm holes aren't always considered as a defect in Mahogany, but they do leave you wondering whether the critters will come back. July 30, 2007

Protecting Fresh Wood from Bugs
Chemical means have drawbacks and are not very effective. So good drying and careful hygeine in the the yard are your best methods for keeping wood bug-free. April 20, 2011

Moisture content for exterior doors
Determining the appropriate MC for lumber that will be exposed to vastly different humidity levels. November 14, 2001

How to Eliminate Beetles in a Finished Slab
Heating in a kiln to 130 degrees Fahrenheit will destroy the finish, but it's the only sure, safe way to kill the bugs. June 18, 2010

Mahogany Honeycombing Defect
Honeycombing that appears after planing is typically a drying defect similar to end checking, but different. April 17, 2009

Slippery kiln-dried wood
What could make dried wood so slippery that it is difficult to machine? August 12, 2001

Wood Worms
White worms in reclaimed lumber intended for furniture. What to do? April 20, 2011

Rate of Wood Moisture Gain from Ambient Humidity
How long will it take for furniture stored in an unconditioned warehouse to equilibrate with the ambient moisture conditions? April 18, 2010

Drying Hickory with the Bark
Secrets of preserving the bark on Hickory during drying. April 18, 2010

Dry Kiln Operator's Manual
A publication of the Forest Products Laboratory. August 22, 2003

Pink Stain in White Ash
Pink fungal staining is tough to bleach out, and may be allergenic. March 9, 2010

Checking of Dry Lumber
Checking occurs when the wood is very wet. Checking that appears in lumber purchased as kiln-dried is a defect. December 8, 2012

Controlling Bugs in Finished Furniture
Fumigation or spraying are ineffective and have drawbacks. Instead, here's a tip for heat-treating furniture. April 24, 2013

Lumber drying options and efficiencies
The Wood Doctor's favorite references for making decisions among lumber-drying options. 1998.

Redrying 4/4 Hard Maple
Tips for re-drying a load of wood that got wetted by rain, without incurring damage. December 31, 2013

Setting the pitch
The why and how of setting the pitch in heart pine. October 15, 2001

Using a moisture meter
How and where to use a moisture meter. November 14, 2001

Pricing custom kiln drying services
How to determine what to charge when kiln drying lumber for others. January 3, 2001

Temperature Versus Relative Humidity
Links to curves that plot the relationship. February 26, 2005

Determining Wood EMC -- (Equilibrium Moisture Content)
How to calculate and establish EMC. From the Forest Products Laboratory. February 16, 2004

Quality Drying of Softwood Lumber
A publication from the Forest Service in PDF format. August 22, 2003

Quality Drying of Hardwood Lumber
A publication from the Forest Service in PDF format. August 22, 2003

Drying Hardwood Lumber
A publication from the Forest Products Laboratory. August 22, 2003