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Offline vfauto

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Do any of you offer Kiln Service
« on: September 27, 2017, 02:09:00 pm »
My Solar kiln is nearing completion and I am looking to recoup the investment that was way more than I anticipated.Do any of you dry other people's lumber or rent out your kiln? If so how do you charge and what is your involvement?
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Re: Do any of you offer Kiln Service
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2017, 10:34:17 pm »
I custom kiln dry for other people. They bring the lumber here and I sticker it then let it air dry for about 3 months then put in kiln for roughly 2 weeks. Right now I charge $.35/bf but I'll be changing that to about .45 here soon.
I never dry anything green, too long in kiln and too much risk of screwing it up
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Re: Do any of you offer Kiln Service
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2017, 03:49:37 pm »
I am considering building a kiln and have a lot of questions.

I hadn't thought of air drying it first. Maybe it is not too early to advertise since I can sticker it and get it air drying now.

Does anyone bring you lumber that is already stickered?
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Re: Do any of you offer Kiln Service
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2017, 02:02:52 am »
There's a place in Portland B&B lumber... that will dry your lumber in a steam kiln. They can do up to 60,000 BF at a shot, but..... you have to send it to them already stickered/ Turns out that they can't hire help to sticker the boards as it's too much work, and they can barely keep up with their own products.

I'd love to have a kiln service closer to me.
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Re: Do any of you offer Kiln Service
« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2017, 10:36:11 pm »
We provide drying services to others. I would never “rent out” one of my kilns though.

Price depends on species, thickness and mc%. If we air dry first, that is still factored into the price since their lumber is taking up room in my drying barn.

Prices may be as low as .20 per bd ft for 3day finish off and sterilization run on reclaimed 4/4 (2k bd ft min), to $3.50 bd ft for 12/4 green oak slabs. We now charge $1.00 bd ft for green 4/4 and 5/4 oak with a 150 bd ft min.

Fast drying species such as pine and poplar are cheaper, but still over .50 bd ft. We encourage the customer to sticker but will do this task for an extra charge.

We are not going to try to compete on price with a large conventional kiln. We will make sure though that the Lumber is properly dried and sterilized.
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