The Munger kiln is a wood drying kiln that was originally constructed by the owners, Chris and Charlie Munger of Northwest Specialty Woods using a lumber drying unit and an insulated shipping container. Northwest Specialty Woods is a custom wood milling and finishing shop that specializes in music wood. We cut, mill, and lay-up various woods for sound boards for musical instruments such as pianos and more. For such a critical use we needed the ability to dry lumber of various species to very exacting tolerances. After doing a market availability analysis, Chris and Charlie realized several things:
- Commercial kilns are expensive
- A refrigerated, insulated shipping container would provide the ideal dryer structure (with it\’92s R-30 insulation, stainless steel interior skin and double sealed doors), and
- Commercial drying units are available for purchase separately for building installation.
So we custom built a kiln unit that would meet our needs and would be less expensive than commercially available units. It has been in use for sixteen years drying hardwoods (maple, walnut, apple, alder, etc.) and softwoods (spruce, hemlock, fir, etc.), relying on the Nyle system\’92s automated functionality and the supplied drying tables to begin with to produce the desired lumber water content. Over the many years, we have gained knowledge and experience that has provided for the refining of these tables and has completely satisfied the needs of Northwest Specialty Woods and its customers.