The knowledge base contains an older article about using a small homeowner-type dehumidifier. The problem is that the unit isn't designed to be used at high temperatures and the coil will get ruined from tannic acid if you dry oak. Has anyone out there recently tried to use small dehumidifiers to dry lumber? I have some experience using an EBAC unit, but I am thinking about making a very small kiln as seen in a magazine article.
(Sawing and Drying Forum)
From Gene Wengert, forum technical advisor:
There are many ways to dry wood. Using a home-type DH will indeed work. However, it does not have the best control system. The coils may not last very long. It is not designed for drying wood. So, in the long run, it is not too economical. Releasing DH gases when you get a leak in the coils is also not a good environmental practice. For a commercial operation, you might also find that 130 F temperature is a good idea and therefore using an larger commercial DH unit might be the wisest choice.