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Roger, possibly you can enlighten me on Kiln Dried lumber. I too live in the 
desert where the average humity level is below 10%. I was under the 
impression that Kiln Drying is a controled method of reducing the moisture 
content below 19% to match the territory it is used in so as to reduce 
shrinkage after construction. I thought that Kiln Dried lumber in the desert 
delivered wood to the site that was closer to 10% relative moisture content 
rather than the traditional 19% and thuse reduced the occurance of shrinkage, 
twists, warps and checks.
What are the facts behind Kiln Dried lumber?

Dennis S. Wish PE

In a message dated 6/2/99 4:09:04 PM Pacific Daylight Time, 
73527.1356(--nospam--at) writes:

<< Other than Southern Pine, there is no definition for "kiln dried."
 Here in the desert southwest, lumber graded "dry" (19 percent moisture 
 content or less) will shrink, split, twist and do other strange things as it 
 dries down to its equilibrium moisture content of about 6 percent.  8 inch 
 diameter posts will have 3/4 inch splits.
 I try to make it very clear to my clients when they want 6 X 12 or larger 
 beams what will happen to them.
 A. Roger Turk, P.E.(Structural)
 Tucson, Arizona >>