Solar kiln #2: loading the charge

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Blog entry by Julian posted 10-31-2008 01:02 PM 1962 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: from design to construction Part 2 of Solar kiln series Part 3: Almost complete!! »

Well, the time has finally come to load the kiln. Now I am wishing that I would have made the kiln 5’ wide. When I initially came up with the dimensions, I had only measured a few of the elm boards I had recently milled. Well, it turnd out that most of the boards are 19” wide, not 16” wide, so I couldn’t get two rows in the kiln. I got all but 4 boards to fit, but I am not sure how it will dry since the top board are only 2 inches from the roof. I painted some leftover plywood flat black for the collector, but the front of the boards is exposed to direct sunlight. I am guessing that there will need to be some sort of cover to block this from happening, because I surely don’t want case hardened lumber. I’ll get some pics of it tonight if I have enough time.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#1 posted 10-31-2008 02:49 PM

A very interesting project.
I wish you a lot of success.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#2 posted 10-31-2008 09:54 PM

I have a very poor location to try something like this. I’m living vicariously through your blog. Can’t wait to see the photos of it all loaded up. Virginia Tech has a solar kiln that they teach people how to use. It looks very similar to your design (although I think the general layout is pretty consistent from one design to another). I was looking at some of your projects. I hope this works well for you. Looks like you could make some more nice projects.

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#3 posted 10-31-2008 11:56 PM

Yes, I borrowed the plans from the Vtech website, and just shrunk it down a bit. I will get to finishing all the final details tomorrow, so pics will be up this weekend.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#4 posted 11-01-2008 12:02 AM

hmmmmmmmmm . . . quite interesting

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