|Project by idahoboy||posted 10-07-2014 01:37 AM||2369 views||16 times favorited||10 comments|
I’m not sure if this qualifies as a wood project but I am almost as proud of this cobbled up kiln as I am of anything else I have built. Finding wood is a big part of the fun and taking advantage of an opportunity like this is great.
The tree feller we met in Pennsylvania called and wanted to know if we could use some more wood. He was bringing his horse trailer empty to Montana just north of where I live and would cut some trees and have them sawed for us if we wanted. We snapped it up. Of course the wood was green so we had to concoct a way to dry it and we built these two “solar” kilns. The only space available at the time was on these two unused trailers. We offloaded the wood and stickered it up and painted the ends.
The first kiln was built on a flat deck car hauler using the stake pockets to build a 2×4 frame. The smaller kiln was built on a golf cart trailer with a frame attached to the deck. Both were covered with greenhouse grade plastic and fitted with thermostat controlled fans. The beauty of using the trailers is that when winter came they were both simply rolled under the shed roof. The wood dried beautifully over the summer and was all less than 10 percent by winter.