I purchased a small bandsaw mill and have a pretty hefty stack of wood I want dried. I've built a small kiln and am ready to add the dehumidifier. I've looked at the Ebac and Wood-Mizer dehumidifiers and those are out of my price range, but do have an Aprilaire 1700 whole house unit available if I want it. My kiln is 12'L x 8' wide but only 6' H with 7" thick walls insulated and sealed well. I've read where the Aprilaire has to be set up by a professional installer. Are they really that hard to wire?
(Sawing and Drying Forum)
From contributor D:
An Aprilaire dehumidifier would not last long in a kiln environment. If you are leaning toward doing something on a very small scale, you could buy a regular home dehumidifier. They also will not last very long, but you will not have as much invested. Residential dehumidifiers do not operate at temperatures high enough to be effective for all species of lumber. If you are drying green lumber or some species that need a higher temperature, you might be better off with a simple heat and vent system.