|Forum topic by millzit||posted 02-14-2012 03:26 PM||3050 views||1 time favorited||9 replies|
02-14-2012 03:26 PM
OK, I made a home made kiln.
Inside is about 500’ of cherry that was air dried for about two years. I tried making a project from it, but when I moved the completed project into the house, it moved. A lot. So my LJ buddy terryR suggested a homemade kiln. I bought the idea. Luckily I have a 40×50 quanset hut to store wood in and had room, so I built a kiln. First, I laid down 6mil plastic on the floor and then stacked the cherry with 3/4” spacers between each layer. Then I built a 2×2 frame around the stacked wood and covered that with one piece of 6mil. Duct taped the joints at the bottom and one end. In one end of the kiln is a heater, fan and de-humidifier. I kept the temp around 80. That seemed to get the most drops/time from the dh. It took about a week to fill the #2 washtub to 3/4 full then the drops seemed to slow down. Yesterday I received my first ever moisture meter. (how have i gotten along all these years without one?)
I opened the kiln this morning for the first time and checked the moisture content. 5.9-6.1%!!!!!!!!
My question now is…....do I store the lumber in the kiln all wrapped up or open it up to the atmosphere? I have more wood to dry and will just build another kiln instead of trying to play musical wood stacks. I can easily open up the end to remove the equipment to place in another kiln…....
Time to make some sawdust!
-- .......now cut that out!