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Forum topic by pete57 posted 02-17-2010 08:34 PM 1262 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-17-2010 08:34 PM

Hello everyone.
I have a question about a electric wall heater. The plan: I am building a new kiln to dry chair parts. It will consist of a 3/4 plywood shell with 2×2’s spaced along the edge and in the middle with 1-1/2 foam insulation and then a piece of 1/4 inch plywood with a metallic paint in the insde. I will put 4” bolts through the whole panel at specific places to hold the wooden shelves at different heights. This is all going on casters and the diminsions are 72” X 48” X 24” it also has some PC fans going on it for circulation and exhaust. It is basically just like the one that Drew Langsner has in his Chair making book.

I have a thermostat from a greenhouse place that goes up to 120 degrees. I have a 240 volt 750 watt baseboard heater that I plan to put in the bottom. I will put a small piece of 20 gauge metal on the botton perment shelf that is just a tad bigger than the heater for protection.

Does anyone know of any reason that this will not be safe to run at 100-120 degrees for several days?

I have a small kiln that I use for crest and spindles that use light bulbs, I just need something bigger for the C-arm forms and settee forms to cure in.

-- Humble Wood Servant

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#1 posted 02-17-2010 11:46 PM

I can’t think of any reasons not to do it.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 02-18-2010 01:31 AM

As long as you aren’t going over 170 I think you are fine.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#3 posted 02-18-2010 02:23 AM

Should work fine. I converted an old junk refrigerator into a wood drying kiln that is great for drying bowl blanks.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#4 posted 04-15-2013 04:06 PM

How did the kiln work for you? Any pictures you can share?


-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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