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Author Topic: Starting to build the solar kiln  (Read 769 times)

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Offline GeneWengert-WoodDoc

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Re: Starting to build the solar kiln
« Reply #20 on: July 06, 2017, 08:19:37 am »
It is not necessary to do this with the actual collector surfaces.  It does not help to have them parallel to the roof.  What if you are one or two layers of lumber short?  What if the pile shrinks in height as it dries?  You need to fill the gap so that all the air goes through the pile and not have some go over the top.  What if you have a few extra pieces of lumber--adding them to the top would mean no air flow for them.  If you load with a fork lift, this design makes the job very critical.

As you mention, the only black painted items are the surfaces that the sun "sees."
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Re: Starting to build the solar kiln
« Reply #21 on: July 06, 2017, 01:14:20 pm »
FYI here is a photo of ff member Pineywoods very effective version of the solar kiln.  He will have to fill in the details as I don't recall, I took this pic years ago.

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Re: Starting to build the solar kiln
« Reply #22 on: July 15, 2017, 02:49:20 pm »
Tough week for building.  Hi temps and humids.  Feels like fishfighter weather here.  I have been getting materials and cutting a lot of parts and this weeks got started with construction.  Slow going, but making progress.  Once I get the north wall stood up it should pick up speed if I get some time to work on it.

I appreciate all the input from everybody.

(Yellowhammer says he calls his the easy-bake oven.  I think I'll hang a couple pork butts in this thing and see how it comes out when I'm not running a load of lumber. ;) )

 

 

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Re: Starting to build the solar kiln
« Reply #23 on: July 16, 2017, 12:08:21 am »
hmm pork Butts now we're talkin' . in all seriousness  I'm really looking forward to the build. I need to start mine but a pole barn is on the list first. keep us updated you know where all addicted to F.F. pics!

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Re: Starting to build the solar kiln
« Reply #24 on: July 16, 2017, 07:17:26 am »
Btulloh, you have a heck of good start there.  Won't be long till completion. 8)
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