Solar Kiln

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Blog entry by highlander33 posted 06-12-2017 07:52 PM 1739 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I Built this Solar Kiln about 6-9 months ago, and just used it with the Sun for Heat as shown by the last few pictures and it worked fairly well until an Engineer friend of mine suggested that I hook up a Solar Panel for heating Water that I had laying around , I came across 4 of them from a job I did a couple of years ago and didn’t really have a use for them and couldn’t just throw them away . So he came up with this simple way to heat the Solar Kiln with a used Radiator I picked up for $ 15 on Craigslist. With a few minor adjustments to the Radiator and Solar Panel and Pump Circulator. After just about 30 minutes on a cloudy day the temperature was already up to 100 degrees and 200 Degrees + on the first day of Complete Sunshine . It seems to work great , and if I need more heat I’ll just hook up another Solar Panel. Very surprised at how well this worked and pretty simple .

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#1 posted 06-13-2017 11:52 AM

I haven’t done a lot of research on kilns yet, but isn’t air flow an important aspect of drying, i.e. removing the wet air? I don’t see any ventilation so wouldn’t that just create a large steam box and not really dry the wood?

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#2 posted 06-13-2017 02:06 PM

Considering I originally built this Kiln to kill Powder Post Beetles, because the wood I’m working with , Ca. Coastal Live Oak is one of their favorite things to munch on. Also I just finished putting this thing together to see what kind of temperatures it will achieve . So of course there will be Ventilation with fans for air flow

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