How is wood seasoned?

Westfarthing Woodworks asked 7 months ago

How do you season a piece of wood?

1 Answers
Brian answered 6 months ago

Seasoning is the name given to the process of removing moisture from a piece of wood until the piece is very dry.

When wood is cut, it is very wet, and over time it dries out. There are a couple of different ways to dry your wood, or season your wood.

The main way that would sellers like to do the process is using a kiln. This is a very large room that gets heated up and fans are used to blow around the hot air. It basically acts like a large convection oven, drying out the moisture rather quickly.

In contrast, the slow and go method is to just leave your wood in the open air and let enough time go by that the water naturally evaporates. This could take several years or seasons, and that’s where the name comes from.

Drying wood yourself is not for the impatient. If you want to season all of your own timbers, you can definitely do so, but be aware that it’s going to take a long time and a lot of patience.

Instead, go to your local hardwood store and you can buy pieces of wood that are already fully seasoned and ready to work with. Ask one of the associates to make sure, but the majority of wood is ready to go.

Happy building.

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