Proper drying of wood

By Admin | Building Materials
17 May 2016
Steve Maxwell reveals the secrets of proper wood drying

Once I experienced something similar.But now I know what to do, not to be in this position.Studying the intricacies of wood drying saves you from future trouble, and will enjoy the process of using any available wood species, and you will not be disappointed.

wood is damp sponge.It absorbs moisture and takes it out of the environment.When the piece of wood is in balance with a moisture content of the surrounding air, they say that the tree has reached equilibrium moisture content.Was it in the oven-dried or just being on the streets - all this is generally applicable.

timber, stored in a damp place, it becomes more and more humid, and, conversely, dry air makes it drier and less.The trick is to keep your wood after construction was in balance with internal dry air of the interior.To achieve this status should be before you start.

wood drying biggest moisture content in the wood - the material leaves the mill, the percentage can exceed 30%.If you prefer
air drying of your material (my favorite way), you will need to fold it into the package in the ventilated place and do not forget to put the gasket between each layer of boards.

best to approach the shadow of your site.Garage probably will not be enough-ventilated for such work, as well as a basement.This first phase of the drying which lowers the moisture content in the wood to from 16 to 12%, depending on the climate in your area.

But beware: the wood will then be how you feel ready for use, but this is not enough to avoid problems in the future.In most regions, the wood should be from 7 to 9% of the water to avoid warping or cracking during the winter season because of the dry air from the stove, fireplace, heating system.Thus, the second drying phase is required a material which will pass to the above problems.

You can put the timber in the shed, unheated garage or shed, and they still will not dry for many years.To dry it, you need a little bit of warm air and time.How much - determined by the thickness of the material, humidity after the first phase, temperature and moisture content of the air in your internal space.

Winter - the best time for drying wood, asheated air in the house or in a warehouse - ideal for the second phase of drying.The process does not take long, if you follow the following rules.Allow to dry the wood after sawing it into individual boards and planing the edges.Treated surfaces require a more thorough drying, this phase should be repeated after each series of joinery.

And, of course, use this time as efficiently as possible, leaving the surface of the material as open as possible.This can be done in a vertical position or in a stack with spacers.To speed up the position next to the home fans.General Air drying will make twice as fast.

Once finished drying, cut the material into smaller pieces immediately.It is better to clean the room, and then, when the structure of the material has stabilized, it is possible to cut rasp and so on.In the next section, Set the way you can determine if there is enough Dried your timber.

ability to dry the wood is not what the skill demands more knowledge, but to avoid problems in the future, you can usefully apply all of the above.

Determination of moisture content in the wood

Indications determinant of the moisture content is not an absolute criterion for assessing the quality of wood drying, but it can definitely help you.All models operate on the same principle - the device induces a small current through the surface of wood and measures the electrical resistance.

The lower the resistance, the higher the moisture content.Readings are displayed on an analog or digital display.Measure only the surface of the freshly cut to evaluate it within the parameters of the material.You can see how fast drying wood, and guess the approximate time of the end of drying.I think this device will be useful