Plans for a Lumber Kiln

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Forum topic by andy6601 posted 01-31-2012 03:23 PM 3058 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-31-2012 03:23 PM

I have the oppertunity to buy some wood at good price, however it is green and needs to be dried. I was wondering if anyone has made a small kiln to dry lumber and if they had any plans or any tips on how to do it. The way I feel is that I can can buy more wood for my $$$ and I think it might be fun to learn how to dry wood and expand my knowledge too. So any sugestions are appericated.

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#1 posted 01-31-2012 04:26 PM

VA Tech has a set of plans for a great solar kiln. Just google “solar kiln plans” and you’ll find enough material to keep you busy for a while. How much lumber do you want to dry at a time?

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#2 posted 01-31-2012 04:42 PM

If you want to save the expense of building a kiln and are OK to wait for the wood to dry slowly you definately want to check out this video. You will also want to go check out the Hearne Hardwood website to see the incredible choice in domestic and exotic hardwoods.

While you are on this site, you will want to see them cutting up this amazing piece of timber.

-- Ray

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#3 posted 01-31-2012 05:37 PM

This is a link to another forum where a guy has been selling kiln plans for about 5 years. Must do something correct or it wouldn’t have been there for so long, IMHO.

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#4 posted 01-31-2012 06:15 PM

Living in AZ, I air dry mine outside. However, if I needed to speed up the process, I’d definitely build the very simple and inexpensive one crank49 references.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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