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Air Drying Walnut and Fans *Updated with Video*
« on: September 01, 2016, 06:26:46 PM »
My current stack of timber on sticks is 9/4 live edge walnut slabs. Current MC as of today reads 32% which is the max my wagner will read. Up until this point I always air dry to under 20%mc then put the walnut slabs into the kiln.  I air dry my slabs outside under a metal top and open on all sides. I also live in Tennessee.  My questions is does anyone use fans to speed up the drying time for walnut?  And if so how would you position the fans in relationship to the stack? Also do you use bigger industrial size floor fans or inexpensive small box fans?
I would like to get these slabs to below 20% sooner than later.

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Re: Air Drying Walnut and Fans
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2016, 07:02:13 PM »
Fans will indeed increase drying rate but also,will 9ncrease checking and end cracking, etc.  best not.
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Re: Air Drying Walnut and Fans
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2016, 07:32:26 PM »
What the Doc says is absolutely correct but I have had success with 4/4 and 8/4  walnut using oscillating fans.  I keep the boards 6 feet away (could be further if needed) and I think that the oscillation gives the boards some protection.  I am using commercial 30" fans.  The best part of the oscillating fans is that I cover the entire width with one fan.  For a tall stack, I would try an upper and a lower fan.  I have measured the speed of the air entering the stack and also when it exits the stack.  Try to keep the speed entering to around 100-150 feet per minute.  It will greater diminish as it goes thru the stack but I am still able to get readings when it exits. If the speed to too fast, move the fans further away.  You just want a gentle breeze.   
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Re: Air Drying Walnut and Fans
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2016, 07:47:21 PM »
Glen. Do the fans face the side of the stack or the end grain?
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Re: Air Drying Walnut and Fans
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2016, 08:34:56 PM »
Always the side of the stack.  You never want to dry out the end grain.  It dries fast enough without any help.   ;D  Are you using anchorseal to coat the ends?
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« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2016, 08:36:12 PM »
I'll be a monkey's uncle if it's not the side.

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Re: Air Drying Walnut and Fans
« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2016, 08:44:34 PM »
Always the side of the stack.  You never want to dry out the end grain.  It dries fast enough without any help.   ;D  Are you using anchorseal to coat the ends?

Yes, I put on a coat before and sometimes after I saw them. I think I will try this method. I appreciate your help
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Re: Air Drying Walnut and Fans *Updated with Video*
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2016, 09:54:35 AM »
Well I went out and got me one of those fans so I am going to try some increased air flow on my walnut stack. And as usual I made a short video that I hope to show my progress on getting the MC down in this walnut. I appreciate the help on here as always.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_Q6A8S7qL0
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Re: Air Drying Walnut and Fans *Updated with Video*
« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2016, 02:18:14 PM »
I also put mine on a timer.  It would stay on for 40 minutes and go off for 20.  This gives the wood time to begin releasing moisture and then the fan takes it away.  Humidity goes up in the evening so I only ran it from 7am to 8pm.  In the evening, the air is probably too moist to accept the additional moisture.

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Re: Air Drying Walnut and Fans *Updated with Video*
« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2016, 10:12:27 PM »
Looks good. Just keep watching it everyday to make sure it doesn't start cracking.
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