How to Season Your Wood Quickly

by Jason on February 2, 2019

Wood will age at its own unique rate. There are various factors which can change the seasoning process, even when the product comes from the same tree.

Temperature, humidity, and even the grain structure of the wood can impact how fast (or slow) the product dries.

You can save a lot of money sometimes on a woodworking project when you decide to purchase “green” wood instead of lumber that has already gone through the seasoning process. If you make this choice, then knowing how to get your wood dried quickly will help you to get to work faster.

Here are the steps that you will need to follow.

#1. Weigh the Wood You Have

Use a scale in your garage or shop which will tell you the exact weight of the product. Try to purchase lumber that is of a similar size for this option to work. Different shapes should be weighed independently of one another. Record the results.

#2. Heat the Wood

Once you know how much your lumber weighs, you can begin the seasoning process. The best temperature to use is 217 degrees Fahrenheit. If you are a beginner on a budget, then your oven can be used to complete the seasoning process. You will want to round up to 220 degrees to achieve consistent results with this effort.

#3. Allow the Wood to Dry

The wood you place in the oven will need about four hours to remove the moisture it contains. Do not leave the lumber in for any longer because it can alter the measurements you must take to determine if it became seasoned during this process. Set a timer to remind yourself that you must come back to this project.

Once the timer sounds, remove the wood from the heat. Weigh it once again. It should weigh less than it did when you first started the seasoning process.

#4. Repeat the Process

The wood for your project will not be entirely seasoned until it goes through at least two cycles where the weight does not change from moisture loss. You do not need to complete all of these cycles in a single 24-hour period. As long as you have consecutive heating and weighing that provides the same readings, then you will have proper seasoning.

#5. Know the Moisture Content

Some woodworking plans call for wood products that contain a specific moisture percentage. You can determine if your lumber qualifies by taking the initial weight reading and subtracting it from the dry reading you received after two cycles. Then take the dry weight, multiply it by 100, and then divide it by the first answer.

It is crucial to remember that you can start a woodworking project without having the wood be completely dry. Full seasoning works best if you want to build a fire or create charcoal. You will find that if you can avoid 100% green wood, your projects will get put together faster. Use a moisture meter to check on total content, then follow these steps to dry out your lumber.

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