Kiln-Drying Service

At Clarence Creek Wood Select we offer kiln-drying service to our customers. Please see below for details on this service. We hope it helps with the questions you might have. If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to call or email us. 

Kiln-drying is an essential service in woodworking. It dries the wood and reduces the moisture content to about 8%.It also eliminates all the bugs and fungus that are inside the wood. A kiln-dried wood is clean and stable enough for being used in furniture making and other woodworking projects where maintaining the shape and accuracy of the dimension of the pieces are important.

The process of harvesting wood from trees begins with cutting them into logs. The logs are then milled into boards of usually 1" to 3" thick.
Freshly cut boards have a high level of moisture and need to be air-dried for a while before they can be put in the kiln. Air-drying is done by stacking the boards with stickers between them (sticker-stacking) and keeping them dry and exposed to air ventilation. We recommend that the boards are air-dried for at least 2-3 months before kiln-drying.

Once the boards have been adequately air-dried they will be put in the kiln. The duration of kiln-drying is usually between one and two months. The actual time depends on the thickness of the wood (thicker wood dries slower), whether it is hardwood or softwood (hardwood dries slower), and the weather (it takes longer in colder weather).

The cost for kiln-drying depends on the volume of your wood (measured in Board Feet). To get an estimate on how much kiln-drying your wood will cost please contact us. We would need information about the amount of your wood and dimensions of your pieces. 

Possible Waiting Time
Other than the time needed for air-drying, we sometimes need to wait until we have a full load for one of our kilns before we can start.
To minimize your waiting time we recommend that you bring your wood to us as early as possible. It can air-dry in our lumber yard and it will go in the kiln at the earliest opportunity.