Drying Guidelines

Cypress should be kiln-dried to the range of 10-12 percent moisture content. To dry the wettest pieces without over-drying the driest pieces, the SCMA suggests equalizing the EMC in the kiln to 11 percent, which means the driest piece should not be any drier than 11 percent MC. The same guidelines can apply to air-drying cypress, which may take a period of several months, depending on local weather conditions. In any case, the moisture contents outlined above should be followed to minimize concerns about splitting, warping and other potential failures related to excess moisture.