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iDry: A kiln for small shops

Vacutherm’s booth at IWF 2018 was a major attraction, drawing a steady stream of attendees curious about the iDry vacuum kiln, a box-style unit heated by either electricity or hot water.

With a capacity of 1,000 to 2,000 bf, it can accommodate lumber piles up to 13’ long x 42” wide x 55” tall, according the company.

Vacutherm, which also manufactures large kilns for industrial operations, says it developed the iDry after numerous inquiries from owners of small shops.

“This was made in response to customers’ inquiries for a small batch kiln that only required electricity to be connected and ready to work, unlike a kiln you’d have to put together and have an external heat source for,” says product manager Duncan Ferguson.

The iDry can be loaded with a forklift at one end and emptied at the other end. It features a stainless-steel interior to prevent corrosion from tannins leaving the wood, according to the company.

The iDry, heated by electricity, sells for $39,500. Optional accessories and lease to own options are also available.

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