|Project by douglbe||posted 12-25-2010 11:37 PM||5497 views||39 times favorited||15 comments|
This is a solar kiln I built this past spring. I dried approximately 1,500 bd. ft. this summer, I dried the lumber to 6-7% MC . It works fantastically. I have put white ash, walnut, cherry, hard maple, and basswood through it with out any problems. With the warm summer we had here in Michigan, I was drying lumber from 17% down to 6% in 7-10 days, in the early and latter part of the summer took 4-6 weeks. It was pretty much stick it in and leave it, the only thing I did was adjust the vents and check the MC every other day. It holds 220-240 bd. ft., depending on the lengths and width of the boards. I made this from an article in WOOD magazine and the biggest difference is, I used OSB rather than treated plywood for cost reasons. I had 2X6 treated boards from my deck when I redid that a couple of years ago and I ripped these down to 2X2s for the frame and I covered it with felt paper. It is easy to take down, so I have it stored in the shed for winter.
-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan