How to Dry Bamboo for Projects
Bamboo as a product has many applications in various industries. It is useful in the food industry, construction and even in the making of furniture. Over time, man has used various methods to dry this product. Some of the most common methods include constructing a kiln, freeze-drying and horizontal stacking.
Conditions for Drying
Conducive conditions must be present for the bamboo to dry effectively. You must select a good location for the drying process. The premises ought to be dry and a bit elevated to mitigate the risk of flooding. The room should also have adequate ventilation. Good circulation of air is essential. The room should have a cover to protect the product from harsh atmospheric elements.
Drying the Bamboo
Start by trimming the branches. This will hasten the drying process and increase the storage space. The downside is that there shall be an increased risk of splitting of bamboo. Place the bamboos vertically to dry. Before raising them vertically, ensure that the floor is completely dry. A wet surface is likely to encourage rotting. To avoid this, place wooden blocks on the floor and then place the bamboo vertically on the floor.
Let the bamboo dry for at least 3 months. After this period, inspect the bamboo and cut off the moist parts and those that are rotting. Cut the bamboo to the right size again. Before the bamboo is ready for use, it should turn to a dark tan color.