The result of drying-out the free water at high temperature may be to collapse the cells.
Native timber could be used in building, but only after drying-out for a period of months.
The drying-out may be finished in the oven if the lentils are covered so that they will not harden on top.
During the drying-out process the chalk should, if possible, be protected from the rain.
The drying-out may result in considerable shrinkage, which may make the wood fibre more porous.
In the spring the drying-out of wood cut in October and November will take place more rapidly.