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Is there any info on kiln drying bamboo out there? Couldn't find much on the internet.
Nice to see your name pop up, Gary. It's been a while since we talked.
Bamboo is grass not wood so there is not much in the wood field that talks about it. I know a few Nyle customers overseas who dried bamboo and generally they dried it as fast as they could with whatever equipment they had. You do want a good equalization so I would keep the EMC near what you want after the first step where water comes out pretty easily. The EMC values seem to work pretty well for Bambee.
Let us know how it works out. Good Luck. Never heard of people drying domestic bamboo. Interesting
There are certainly 500 species of bamboo, so it is hard to talk specifics without knowing the actual species. Also, with the limited info, the species you have may not be covered. Are you drying the round tubes? Oftentimes, the tubes are cut into strips, flattened and dried and glued into a sheet, so by the time it hits the marketplace, it is dried well enough. Many species do shrink and swell more than wood.
Round tubes. Started the DH kiln at 100 degrees and everything seems fine.
The bamboo was done 2-3 weeks ago. Finished it off at 130 degrees. We just dead piled it (per the bamboo owners recommendation) in wood racks we made. Some cracked but the owner said it was typical. It put out a lot of water but went well. The owner has used some for his products and said it was working well.
Thanks. Did anyone ever find out what the exact species was?