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rkevins

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02-05-2011 12:09 AM

Hello all I am thinking of building a solar kiln to dry lumber, I have looked a many plans online and wanted to ask if anyone had built one and if so what plans have you used or if you have some of your own to share. Thanks Kevin


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#1 posted 02-05-2011 02:17 AM

I don’t have experience with them, but I found this one here and you might be able to talk to this guy.

Solar kiln

If you make one, post. It so we can check it out,

Grub

-- Science Teacher by Day, Wood Butcher by Night!!

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#2 posted 02-05-2011 03:28 AM

I talked to a wood turner the other day that told me he has been using his microwave with good results . I think he just makes game calls and pens.

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#3 posted 02-06-2011 03:41 AM

thanks grb32 that is the post I have looked for, georgia I forgot to mention I wanted to dry long lumber but I have wanted to tru the microwave for small stuf…thanks to both of you

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#4 posted 02-06-2011 03:56 AM

I haven’t built one yet but i am also looking into it. I was going to try and use a solar fan for circulation. Maybe the glass from a big screen tv.
Leonard

-- Leonard H.

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#5 posted 02-06-2011 03:59 AM

try to look at this there is some good idea┬┤s
http://www.woodscience.vt.edu/about/extension/vtsolar_kiln/

and you can see other different way of doing it on you-tube

good luck
Dennis

Ps you can use a green house as well

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#6 posted 02-06-2011 04:26 AM

Dennis beat me to the recommendation to check the link from my favorite institution of higher learning. You may also want to look for Daren Nelson on this site. HE sells plans, but the impression I have gotten is that his customers have been very happy.

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#7 posted 02-06-2011 04:48 AM

Hands down, the solar kiln design from Virginia Tech is usually the best option. Gene Wengert (acknowledged U.S. kiln drying expert) participated in the design, and I have heard nothing but good things about these kilns.

VT offers a class in kiln drying using a solar kiln, and it is an excellent course and worth investigating further if you want to get into kiln drying. There is a lot of science involved, especially if you dry more difficult species such as oak.

-- Scott, North Carolina, www.quartersawnoak.com

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#8 posted 02-07-2011 07:26 PM

See woodweb.com, Gene Wengert is the host and has mucho info on kilns on the site, along with the correct ways to use them.

-- Power tools put us ahead of the monkeys

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#9 posted 02-07-2011 08:09 PM

+1 for this kiln I have seen it up close and seen the lumber, good stuff.

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#10 posted 02-07-2011 08:10 PM

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#11 posted 02-08-2011 01:33 PM

I have a modified Virginia Tech model I built 10 years ago modeling the one my great uncle built 40 years ago. They work well, but they take some getting use to. Colorado State has some great free info on construction and operation.
Rich

-- "Big Timber is our Legacy" , http://eberlywoods.com

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#12 posted 02-08-2011 03:44 PM

Just recently Wood Magazine posted a free plan on line from their June 1994 issue. Search the Wood Magazine site for solar kiln and you will probably find it.

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