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Solar kiln #4: Almost dry

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Blog entry by Julian posted 01-23-2009 01:16 AM 1293 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Almost complete!! Part 4 of Solar kiln series Part 5: 7-9% moisture content finally!!! »

The elm in the kiln should be ready to use in early spring, once I get a week of 70+ degree days. The elm is just under 20% MC. I just couldn’t wait to see what it was going to look like sanded down, so I took a piece out and planed/sanded it down, and put a coat of linseed oil on it. The colors mellowed out a bit from when it was just milled, but it still looks great IMO. The sample piece is 1”x16”x50”.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL



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Zuki

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#1 posted 01-23-2009 01:31 AM

Thats purdy wood. Glad the klin is working out. How long have you had the wood in there to get it down to 20%? What was the MC when you put it in?

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#2 posted 01-23-2009 02:01 AM

Nice wood!!... did it take you around 90 days or so?

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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Tim Pursell

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#3 posted 01-23-2009 02:23 AM

A week of 70’s….? I can’t wait! After last week that wood could be freeze dried!! LOL
Did you have a way of seeing what the kiln temps were when we hit 18 below??

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#4 posted 01-23-2009 03:12 AM

Better not let me near the wood – the drool would set your drying back months….

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#5 posted 01-23-2009 05:23 AM

Yes, I need a solar kiln as well…all my elm and maple is air drying…along with the apple and linden…yes, and I’m certain I can find a plan somewhere online at some forestry place.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#6 posted 01-23-2009 06:17 AM

Great Lookin Pice of Elm

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#7 posted 01-23-2009 07:15 AM

BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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paddywack

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#8 posted 01-24-2009 05:42 PM

Hi,
What sort of kiln are you using.

-- Michael, London, U.K.

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#9 posted 01-25-2009 04:34 PM

paddywack, just read the title of my blog…..

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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