Baking Your Block of Pine
I have said several times that the more weight you put in the rear of the car, the faster the car will go. However, did you know that even the initial block contains weight that can be moved to the rear? All wood blocks contain water, and water is a very heavy substance. Just a little bit of it can weigh a lot, relatively speaking. All of the water locked up in the front half of your car is badly placed weight, so move it!
Before you do anything else to your car, put the wood block in your kitchen oven and bake it. This will cause most of the water locked up inside the wood to evaporate. With that water gone, you will be free to put more weight near the back of the car. Children should not perform this task without adult supervision.
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees
Depending on the humidity in your area, you may need to adjust the temperature or the time you use for baking the block. However, even in the Sahara Desert, a wood block will have some water in it. Every gram of weight you move to the rear of the car will make your car go faster. If you want to bake more than one block at a time, you may need to adjust the cooking time a little bit.
Once the oven is preheated
Place the block on a cookie sheet and then right into the oven. We usually bake our block for about 2 hours.