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Forum topic by goakes posted 03-04-2021 05:30 PM 322 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-04-2021 05:30 PM

I have read a lot about building a solar kiln. Every post and articles that I can find seem to be about 10 years old or older. I was wondering if anyone is using one or they didn’t work that well. Thanks

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#1 posted 03-04-2021 07:18 PM

Plenty of people using solar to dry wood. I think versus all the people who thought gee, lemme do that, and then found out it was a lot of work.

It would have been 10 to 20 years ago much of the writing was done, solar was very “in” then.

A good piece with plans and diagrams found here.

Another from Virginia State University

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#2 posted 03-04-2021 07:30 PM

The second link from SteveN is one that I’ve studied extensively as it was developed and published by my alma mater :-) I seriously considered building my own a few years back but decided that I already have far too many irons in a far too small fire… Maybe when I retire?

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#3 posted 03-04-2021 08:09 PM

Did you try youtube? Looks like there are a lot of recent videos when searching solar kiln.

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#4 posted 03-04-2021 08:14 PM

I just use the south facing wall of my work shop, stand wood up against the wall under the eave, today with the outside temp at just above freezing, there it is 80+ above, summer 100+.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#5 posted 03-04-2021 09:29 PM

They work well and the important element is air movement to get the moisture out. It can be as simple as a PVC frame and clear plastic (green house type) and a fan to move the air.
My step son has done that at his small milling operation and has also used a shipping container with an wood stove to create the heat and it also disposes of cut offs and sawdust.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#6 posted 03-04-2021 10:38 PM

Thanks everyone for your answers

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