In recent years, the dehumidifier as a wood seasoner has completely revolutionized the kiln drying process. Many small furniture making concerns can now undertake drying economically both for their own use and for resale.
Until this breakthrough, hot air steam kilns were in normal use demanding both specialist expertise and expensive equipment. The dehumidifier, first developed to reduce
humidity in store rooms and basement
conditions, works on the refrigeration
principle, and is actually kinder to the wood in the process as no real heat is involved.
Timber/lumber seasoners using this method come in a variety of sizes and are easy to install and to operate. The small portable de - humidifying unit is also invaluable to the furniture maker for controlling the humidity within the workshops, or, quite frequently, within a small part of the premises as previously described, in the form of an insulated room or chamber with the dehumidifier replacing the light bulbs.
Small kilns or drying areas with these smaller portable units are ideal for the craftsman who does not wish to undertake serious kiln drying, but wishes simply to condition and finish off air dried stock, particularly when humidity is high.