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Any DIY plans available for a wood drying kiln?

Postby Stanleythecat » Sat Apr 13, 2013 7:19 am

Hi all.

I was hoping someone might be able to direct me to some plans for a home built wood kiln please.

I don't have much space so really looking for something that could be movable and not too big. All suggestions welcome!

Many thanks


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Re: Any DIY plans available for a wood drying kiln?

Postby gavin » Mon Apr 15, 2013 8:02 am

Seriously: a car on a sunny warm day works pretty good.
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Re: Any DIY plans available for a wood drying kiln?

Postby Stanleythecat » Tue Apr 16, 2013 6:40 pm

gavin wrote:Seriously: a car on a sunny warm day works pretty good.


Thanks Gavin. How long would you expect to leave them before they were ready for use?

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Re: Any DIY plans available for a wood drying kiln?

Postby gavin » Tue Apr 16, 2013 7:37 pm

Stanleythecat wrote:
gavin wrote:Seriously: a car on a sunny warm day works pretty good.


Thanks Gavin. How long would you expect to leave them before they were ready for use?

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I won't say , cos it depends on surface area to volume ratio and temperature. Best thing is to weigh the work on a digital scale. When you observe a stable weight, you have Equilibrium Moisture Content or EMC. This will change with ambient humidity.
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Re: Any DIY plans available for a wood drying kiln?

Postby Robin Fawcett » Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:04 am

I saw a simple rig somewhere - it was sheets of Celotex or polystyrene taped together with gaffa tape (end one hinged for a door), dowels poked through for racks and lightbulbs as a heat source.
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Re: Any DIY plans available for a wood drying kiln?

Postby gavin » Wed Apr 17, 2013 2:13 pm

Robin Fawcett wrote:I saw a simple rig somewhere - it was sheets of Celotex or polystyrene taped together with gaffa tape (end one hinged for a door), dowels poked through for racks and lightbulbs as a heat source.

Good idea ! Keep your eye out for builder's skips and discarded sheets of Kingspan or Celotex.
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