|Project by MattNC||posted 06-24-2014 01:42 PM||2974 views||24 times favorited||20 comments|
This is the solar kiln I just finished this past weekend. Since I have a small sawmill this was the next thing needed. I made it to dry 300 or so boardfoot at a time. I made it so it tilts open but I think I’ll add a side door soon. I’ll load it with wood fairly soon and see how it works.
It’s completely off the grid and runs off a 30w solar panel and 12V attic vent fan. The idea is a downsized and modified virginia tech design. The vents in the back are made to allow the rate of drying to be controlled.
The construction is pine framed with foamular insulation as the panels. The collector is made from galvanized roofing and the clear panels are plexiglass. The top can lift off the insulated based (made from treated 2×6’s and ply), and the top weighs about 100lbs. The length is 10’ to accomodate my lumber which I saw at 9’.