Solar kiln #2

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Project by ghost5 posted 07-27-2013 09:39 PM 1662 views 4 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been processing logs that were sitting in my yard and it didn’t take long to load up my other kiln which isn’t that big. I then stacked my shop full, rearranged the shop, filled it up again, turned all I could, still too much, so I started stacking it outside on an 8’x4’ pallet I had that was built from 2×6 lumber and covering it with plastic. This was heating nicely but the plastic was still in contact with the wood so the moisture wasn’t leaving like it should.

Yesterday with the help of my 2 nephews we started building another kiln around the already stacked wood on the pallet. i had left room just for this. The back is 48” high, front about 36” with a 65” wide removable panel in the front for access. The top when finished will be removable, too.

I ran out of plywood but decided to post it as is so you can see how easy they are to build. All of the wood so far is scrap from other projects and the plastic is leftover from the other kiln. After the pics were taken we covered the wood in plastic again and weighted the edges until I can finish up the sides.

This kiln is loaded with walnut, Bradford pear, sweet gum, poplar and box elder. Drying time drops from around 1 inch per year to 5 weeks or so. Not bad for scrap and free power.

-- Tommy,

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#1 posted 07-29-2013 09:38 AM

Good effort make sure the two nephews get to see the appreciation of their efforts even if its only internet provided.

-- Regards Robert

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#2 posted 07-29-2013 09:43 AM

A Post Script

Would they be interested to coming to Brisbane to reorganise my timber stack?

I could sure use some help here!

-- Regards Robert

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#3 posted 07-29-2013 01:04 PM

Thanks Rob. I show them the comments online, they have helped a ton last couple of months but they are leaving Friday to go back to their mom. I’m sure they would come to help in a second but be careful what you wish for :0)

-- Tommy,

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