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Re: Conditioning Phase of Drying Cycle
« Reply #40 on: November 26, 2019, 08:04:39 AM »
That red button thing is called a vacuum kiln .


I know...being sarcastic. It's been dubbed the, "Devine Drying Device", replacing all knowledge gained over the past century or more. :D
I own my own small piece of the world on an 8 acre plot on the side of a mountain with walnut, hickory, ash and spruce.
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Re: Conditioning Phase of Drying Cycle
« Reply #41 on: December 01, 2019, 09:57:32 AM »
I am in the same camp with @YellowHammer and @WDH . Air dry it well, then put some heat to it until it stalls, then close'er up and put the heat to it.

I have some 12/4 walnut slabs in right now that were about 20%. Some is down to 8-9% and other slabs/spot are 16-17%. Stalled out at 120°, so pushed it up to see what happens today. Once they are are down and closer, will run it up to 155° and shut all the vents. Sometimes I dump some water in too. I find that the added MC, evens things out and then I vent it and continue for 24 hours.

With 50" crotch slabs in there, don't wanna ruin the load!  :o Maybe I need one of them new-fangled kiln things where I just push the big red button and magic occurs.  ;D :D


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I'll let you know how the big red button works. #shelby78 dropped off 2 50" walnut slabs for me to dry. They just fit in the kiln. They are on the bottom of another load of 4/4 and 6/4 walnut and cherry. 

 

 
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Re: Conditioning Phase of Drying Cycle
« Reply #42 on: December 01, 2019, 12:30:17 PM »
Looks like the magic has already occurred. That’s some beautiful slabs.

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Re: Conditioning Phase of Drying Cycle
« Reply #43 on: December 02, 2019, 07:12:22 PM »
 

You can just see the edge of the 2 big walnut slabs .
That is my walnut/cherry and then another customers Cherry on top.
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