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Forum topic by Luch posted 10-01-2014 08:20 PM 1216 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-01-2014 08:20 PM

Hello – I’m new to this site and I need some help. Has anyone had success using an enclosed cargo trailer as a make-shift kiln? I’m considering running a few electric space heaters. Will this get me the 130+ degree temp I need to kill powder post beetles? I have an 8×8 barn beam that I plan to use as a mantle. There are indications (pin holes) that beetles were present but I don’t know if they still are.

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#1 posted 10-01-2014 08:24 PM

Make your mantel first, then heat it up. The cargo trailer should create enough heat by itself if left in the sun. 130-140 needs to penetrate. Put a candy temperature gauge in there and check it out. I have used my truck left in the sun and windows barely cracked open.


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#2 posted 10-01-2014 08:28 PM

Thanks. Curious, what’s the benefit of cuttings he mantle first?

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#3 posted 10-01-2014 11:13 PM

smaller pieces reach temp faster.

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#4 posted 10-02-2014 05:39 PM

Most household electrical appliances are not rated to run in such a hot environment; an industrial model could do it. A beam that large will take a while to cook as the center needs to get that hot, probably 12-14 hours would be a minimum if you could get the room up to 150 or so. Perhaps a small kerosene salamander could work with care as well.

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