the KILN - Portable Guitar Dehumidifier

frequently asked questions

We thought of these questions to help you in understanding and using the KILN more effectively on your guitars. If you feel that these questions were unable to address your concern, please write to us.

Q1: How does the KILN dehumidify?

A1: The KILN dehumidifies by three key principles of wood drying. More reading can be found on page 8 of this document: Drying Hardwood Lumber

Q2: How do I know that my guitar has been dehumidified?

A2: Before using the KILN, measure the string height at 12th fret. Reduction in string height is expected after that. The reduction indicates that the KILN has dehumidified your guitar.

Q3: How frequent should I use the KILN on my guitar?

A3: There is no hard or fast rule on the frequency of use. You can use it when you suspect your guitar(s) has taken in excessive moisture due to prolonged exposure to high humidity environment. Increase in string height (action) can be a trigger as well. Starters could stick to 2 to 3 times in a month sporadically.

Q4: ​Will the KILN damage my guitar’s top plate?

A4: The designated contact area is layered with soft damping materials that will leave no trace on your guitar.

Q5: The KILN makes direct contacts with my guitar. Will it cause blemishes/scratches to my guitar?

A5: As addressed in Q4.

Q6: Will it overheat?

A6: The KILN has smart designs to operate within a predetermined temperature range. The onboard temperature sensor monitors the on-going temperature. When the upper temperature is breached, the KILN ceases operating thus eliminating any chances of overheating.

Q7: At what temperature the guitar will suffer irreversible damages?

A7: In general, wood acoustic guitars that are assembled by means of gluing will be affected structurally at temperature beyond 65°C. However, non-wood acoustic guitars possess their specific temperature ranges which vary according to their ways of construction.

Q8: What is the maximum temperature produced by the dehumidifier?

A8: Most wood glues lose their adhesiveness when heated to 60˚C to 65˚C. The KILN’s operating temperature is calibrated way below this range.

Q9: Will enclosing my guitar in its case help in speeding up the dehumidification process?

A9: No. The KILN's operation is caliberated for 8 hours. Enclosing your guitar with the KILN in operation is not recommended.

Q10: The KILN is inserted into my guitar’s soundbox. Would the heating cause damages?

A10: As addressed in Q6.

Q11: Will the KILN burn my guitar?

A11: No. The materials used are with fire retardant properties.

Q12: Can I use the KILN to dehumidify my guitar in stand up position?

A12: The KILN is designed to dehumidify your guitars whilst in supine (laid down flat) position.

Q13: Will heat from the KILN cause cables of installed guitar pickups to melt?

A13: Most properly installed guitar pickups have the cables tuck close to the interior of the guitar's soundbox. While the heat produced isn't enough to melt cables, avoid direct contact between the KILN and pickup cables is recommended.

Q14: Is the heating plate too hot to touch?

A14: Asolutely yes. The heating plate conducts heat energy from the polyamide heater within KILN's case. Prolonged contact may cause burn injuries to contacted areas. For personal safety, please refrain from making direct contact with its heating plate.

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