Are there any disadvantages to kiln drying worth noting?
Kiln drying is incredible. I personally only use kiln dried wood seeing as it offers so many benefits that perfectly suit my needs. But of course, as with all good things, there are certainly some drawbacks associated with kiln drying.
Before I begin, however, I should say that most of these are simply things that don’t matter to me as much and are definitely not enough to stop me from using kiln dried wood.
First of all, kiln dried woods are more expensive than air dried ones. This is only natural seeing as they are more in demand. Not only does a kiln dried log give me more peace as to its temperature and moisture level, it also saves me a ton of stress so the extra 10% cost doesn’t really matter much in my case.
Secondly, kiln drying, unlike air drying, requires skilled labor. The process is a bit technical and needs continuous attention to ensure that you do it right. But since there are so many online services providing log drying kilns, this isn’t an issue at all.