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RE: Dehumidifiers for Kilns12/8/15
We are currently trying to dry some hardwoods in an enclosed room, which we have created as a kiln.
The room is approximately 12' wide x 20' long x 10' high. We have currently used electric heater to warm up the room, and have a ceiling fan to blow the heat back down.
The problem we are running into is the high humidity in room. Can anyone suggest an adequate dehumidifier?
Also, what is the optimal humidity setting to dry hardwoods such as white oak, red oak, ash, and maple?
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There are lots of solutions such as a vent system controlled by humidity or a dehumidification drying system. It all depends on what you need to do as far as production time, operating cost, quality etc.
Is this a temporary , or one time use of the room as a kiln? I would think you could create mold problems in your room. I have done a small quantity of cherry, under a plastic tarp Used an electric heater and a room humidifier to remove the moisture. It was slow and the wood was dried down , but not sure how low.