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THE PREARATION OF TIMBER - AIR SEASONING
V. Ryan © 2011
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The easiest way, but not the most effective method of
seasoning timber, is to stack it outside. The timber is laid out as seen
in the diagram below. It is normally placed in a hut / building, with two
sides open to allow air to circulate. The roof and two other sides keep
the timber relatively dry. The circulation of the air slowly dries the
timer. However, this techniques does not give a precise moisture content.
This is because air circulates freely and carries moisture, depending on
the weather and the time of year.
|A typical ‘air seasoning shed’ is seen below. It provides adequate cover from the rain but allows air to flow through the stacked boards. It allows nature to season the boards and does not require heating. The shed is preserved to protect it against the elements.|
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