Air- and Shed-Drying Lumber

Properly drying solid wood products before use improves the wood's performance once it is in service. Describes how to properly air-dry lumber to a target moisture content; including orientation and layout of the stack, proper stacking, controlling the drying rate, using drying sheds, and determining moisture content by using sampe boards and/or moisture meters. Includes illustrations, tables, and sources of further information.

EM 8612    Published September 1995    8 pages
August 2016


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