Solar Kiln #1: Solar Kiln

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I’ve started on my new solar kiln. The plans are from Virginia Tech’s solar kiln project. I’m using the modified plans for a 2000 bft kiln.

The framing is 2X4 white pine, floors are made from 1” white oak, the outside siding is 1” white pine with 1” poplar over the pine. After the insulation is installed the inside will be covered with plywood. The supports are made from log sections of black locust. I’ll have more photos when it’s finished. The design is early American chicken coop…


-- Hal, Tennessee

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#1 posted 1678 days ago

Looks Interesting Hal look forword to more updates

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 1678 days ago

I’m looking forward to your updates, as well. I’ve just purchase 10 acres of nothing but woods and hope to use the trees that I have to cut to keep them from being wasted. May I ask if your wood selection so far is necessary or just what you happen to have on hand?

-- You always have tomorrow to stop procrastinating.

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#3 posted 1678 days ago

great start…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#4 posted 1678 days ago

Very nice. It’s starting to look great.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#5 posted 1678 days ago

if it was designed by a Hokie, you know it’s gotta be good.

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#6 posted 1650 days ago

Looks nice, please post more photos as progress continues. The folks I know who run
them really like the lumber they produce, stress free and economical.

-- Phil

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#7 posted 1477 days ago

What is the latest progress now?

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 1468 days ago

yes how does it look now and how is it working


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#9 posted 1467 days ago

The outside is finished, but we’ve not done anything else… I’ve been too busy carving rifle stocks to get back to work on the kiln. I’ll have it working soon because I’ll need more maple, walnut and cherry dried.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#10 posted 1467 days ago

that is those kind of news we love to hear
and speciel on this kind of projects where
there is possiple to learn another alternetiv
way of doing things
I look forward to hear a full repport on how it´s working…. :—-))
and what doesn´t work so well

be safe and stay tuned


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#11 posted 1325 days ago

Nice start to your kiln. Are all those chips in the background from your wood shop?????

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!!

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#12 posted 1096 days ago

do you have a finished pic?

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#13 posted 1096 days ago

I don’t have any more photos of this kiln. I’m building another one soon and I’ll post photos.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#14 posted 839 days ago

Amazing that you can use 4/4 white oak as the floor of the kiln! I cannot keep enough white oak for furniture, dang it. I look forward to update on usage, pros/cons, what works and what you would do for Version 2.

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