Sticker stain solutions
How deep will the stain go? Will it plane out? Thanks for any help, I didn't realize there is so much involved in properly drying wood.
From the original questioner:
I used some of the scraps for stickers. Would this be from those bleeding out? I noticed it when I took the pile apart to see how it was doing. Maybe the stickers themselves were too wet?
Thank you Gene, I certainly have a lot to learn, but it really is a fun thing to do!
It might be a good idea to unpile the stack and restack with dry stickers. When I use old stickers that are not perfectly clean, I soak them in diluted bleach, then re-dry them.
Sticker stains are caused by fungus. Using the same species which might have the same fungus, especially old stickers, is not recommended.
It is recommended to use stickers of a different species, which will not support the same fungus as that which will stain your lumber. Also, keep your stickers as narrow as possible. Using the short boards for stickers is a sure way of getting sticker stains. Many kiln operators now use profile stickers which are hollowed out in the middle and only make contact with the outer edges.
Exploding that myth, Gene replies:
Stickers do NOT become infected with sticker stain and transfer it to another load. Even if it were fungus-caused, 130 degrees F in the kiln kills all fungi, so the wood and stickers are sterilized.
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