What to Expect
We use a moisture meter to monitor the wood’s moisture content throughout ever stage of the process managing the drying rate until equilibrium moisture content is reached.
Wood that has not been properly dried will warp, cup, twist, and crack over time. This can make surfaces uneven, bend frames and do permanent damage to the piece making it unusable.
Our wood drying process begins with air drying because it dries wood at a slower rate to minimize cupping and warping. Then pieces are placed in the dehumidification kiln to get down to the final equilibrium moisture content (between 8% and 12%). Kiln drying can shorten the dry time significantly and allows for quicker turnaround time on projects.