Can You Dry Your Own Wood for Wood Working Projects at Home?

Can You Dry Your Own Wood for Wood Working Projects at Home?

You can dry your own wood at home using a kiln or an air-drying method. A kiln offers shorter drying times, but air-drying is less expensive.

Kiln drying wood requires a large drying chamber, which you can build with materials from a home-supply store. The kiln also requires a heater, a dehumidifier, fans and a timer.

Air-drying wood is a cheaper process. Stack the wood under a roof in a spot with exposure to prevailing winds. Space the planks out to allow air circulation. Air-drying takes longer than kiln drying, but times vary based on the climate and wind conditions.