Harvesting and drying White Oak

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    Bill WonnebergerBill Wonneberger
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    I have a considerable number of standing dead White Oak trees that are quite large, but not of interest to the local businesses who harvest timber. The trees have value to me beyond firewood. I’ve milled several large logs using a chain saw, hand planed them down and am quite pleased with a couple of heavy benches I’ve built for outside use. My question for this forum goes to proper drying. I have a space that would work for air drying, but the idea of bugs in the wood has me bothered. Anyone have tips or insights on how to proceed?

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    JayJay
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    @jochs99

    I would like to hear some advice on this as well. I have a dogwood tree in my yard that is standing dead about a year. I’m wondering if I can harvest some of this still and what to do about bugs. Thanks!

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    Marilyn MorenoMarilyn Moreno
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    @mmoreno610

    Hi Bill,
    Try this link: http://sbio.vt.edu/about/extension/vtsolar_kiln/
    It’s not something I’ve done, but have read about while I researched PV Solar for my home.
    I got the link from lumberjocks.com and members there seem to refer to it often..
    The other useful website is http://www.builditsolar.com/Projects/WoodDrying/wood_kiln.htm
    They also refer to the Virginia Tech Website,

    Hope this gives you some ideas..
    Marilyn

    Marilyn - Lehigh Valley, Eastern Pennsylvania - USA

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    Barry BoyleBarryB
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    @barryb

    Interesting read, thanks for the links!

    [quote quote=59292]Hi Bill,<br>
    Try this link: http://sbio.vt.edu/about/extension/vtsolar_kiln/<br>
    It’s not something I’ve done, but have read about while I researched PV Solar for my home.<br>
    I got the link from lumberjocks.com and members there seem to refer to it often..<br>
    The other useful website is http://www.builditsolar.com/Projects/WoodDrying/wood_kiln.htm<br>
    They also refer to the Virginia Tech Website,

    Hope this gives you some ideas..<br>
    Marilyn

    [/quote]

    New Brunswick, Canada

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