We offer a very wide range of per-charge kiln capacities to ideally fit your product flow! Each PCS VacDry Kiln is carefully engineered with components appropriately sized for repeatable schedules and a well controlled drying process. We refer to each kiln model using the approximate boardfoot capacity: our VacDry VK1.0 (old model VacDry 1.25M) holds roughly 1250 boardfeet of 8/4 lumber. And we've custom built vacuum kilns up to 30,000 boardfeet per kiln charge, so if you'd like a kiln charge exactly matched to your truck capacity...we can do that!
Note: we're in the process of revamping our model lineup nomenclature, read more here.
The VacDry VK3.0 (old model VK16) has a kiln charge that is up to 50" wide by 16.5' long. This limits it's application for lumber. However, these dimensions make it great for slabs. And because it is easy to load, it's great for squares, dowels, blanks, rounds, and dimensional products. Interested in serious high quality vacuum kiln dried baseball bat billet production? The VacDry VK2.0B (old model VacDry 3.0) can hold about 2110 Hard Maple or Ash baseball bat billets per kiln charge, dried from green to 6% in about two weeks.
The VacDry VK7.0 and VK10.0 are the biggest of our regularly produced kilns. They are designed to meet the needs of the largest producers of the forest products industry. With the proper material handling systems, one of these vacuum kilns can produce as much as 730,000 board feet of 4/4 kiln dried Red Oak lumber per year.
"...after talking to at least a dozen experts and getting an equal number of conflicting opinions...this will effectively set some new standards in the drying world. I can't imagine why anyone would want to use traditional methods of air drying for several years then kiln drying for several months if vacuum drying can be so effective with such quick turnaround. Thanks again Dennis." - Parker Converse
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Click below for specifics on our most common kiln models, contact Dennis, or see our Frequently Asked Questions for general information.
|New Kiln Model Designation||Former Designation||Max. Kiln Charge Size||Approximate Capacity*|
|VK1.0||VK1.25M||40"W x 42"H x 13'L||1100 boardfeet|
|VK2.0||VK2.5M||40"W x 42"H x 26'L||2200 boardfeet|
|VK3.0||VK16||50" W x 66" H x 17'L||2900 boardfeet|
|VK3.5||VK4.0M||40"W x 66"H x 26'L||3600 boardfeet|
|VK4.5||VK5M||80"W x 42"H x 26'L||4430 boardfeet|
|VK7.0||VK8.0M||80"W x 66"H x 26'L||7200 boardfeet|
|VK10.0||VK10.0M||80"W x 88"H x 26'L||9750 boardfeet|
*ideal volume of 8/4 lumber reduced by 20%, read more
"The experiments of drying various species and thicknesses has gone very well. The last load had such a mix of things to be sure I ran a slow ramp. 2" maple slabs, 1" twisted and warped Koa slabs with large crotch sections, 1" fir slabs (with no pitch problems) and fir 4"x4"x8' boards, even some spruce 1" and 1.5" blocks mixed in to shim areas of piles that were mixed thicknesses. Everything turned out great, most amazing was the Koa, color unharmed and flat! Hard to believe if anyone had seen how warped they were going in they would not believe that they were the same boards!" - Steve Farrell, Pacific Rim Tonewoods