does kiln drying impart any additional resistance to dry rot
i have some old kiln dried lumber
i think it is fir but might be cedar
it seems to be free of dry rot but i do not know if that is due to
the wood or the kiln drying
Dr Jagels writes a column on wood for Wooden Boat magazine.
I beleive he covered that question not so long ago (altho
more in the context of damp rot), and I beleive the conclusion
was that air dried lumber is more rot resistant.
If you're really curious, you might search back issues of
There is no such thing as "dry rot;" dry wood does not rot. What appears to
be dry rot is wood that has been damp or wet at some time, rotted, and the
n dried. Next time you're in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo see the collectio
n of wood furniture that spent 3,000 years in arid conditions and is still
There is no mechanism by which the technique used to dry wood can affect it
s resistance to rot. Keep it dry and the microorganisms that cause wood rot
I saw an article on Pinterest or some such talking about burning, or
heating wood to make it rot and insect resistant, instead of using
pressure treated with chemicals.
Didn't read it but sounded interesting.
Add Life to your Days not Days to your Life.
Actually there is a type of treatment to wood that involves no chemicals
that keeps it from rotting.
There is a "relatively" new process that heats the wood to, IIRC, in
excess of 300 degrees F. This renders the wood unable to be a food
source for mold, mildew, rot, insects, etc.
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