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Offline GeneWengert-WoodDoc

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Re: Finally starting a Solar Kiln
« Reply #20 on: September 01, 2017, 03:18:09 PM »
I have seen lots of design modifications of the original VT kiln (1978) and many ideas were good.  Your design changes are awesome indeed.  Thanks for thinking and sharing.
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Re: Finally starting a Solar Kiln
« Reply #21 on: September 04, 2017, 07:57:39 PM »
 Today's progress!
Not sure why some of these pictures  are distorted .

 

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 
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Re: Finally starting a Solar Kiln
« Reply #22 on: September 04, 2017, 09:22:06 PM »
I have no idea why but when I am using my iPad, I tap on the distorted ones and they undistort, I tap on them again and they redistort. Are "undistort" and "redistort" words? 

They are now!  :D :laugh:
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Re: Finally starting a Solar Kiln
« Reply #23 on: September 05, 2017, 08:36:16 PM »
Same with IPhone
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Re: Finally starting a Solar Kiln
« Reply #24 on: September 17, 2017, 01:57:36 PM »
Here is a update on kiln!  If pictures are distorted click on them and they will repair of themselves. 

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 
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Re: Finally starting a Solar Kiln
« Reply #25 on: September 17, 2017, 04:31:18 PM »
How are you going to load the lumber?
assume pallet forks. if so then you will need to make the ground in front of the doors level.

in this picture the ground on the left is lower than the ground on the right
this will cause the lumber being loaded to be sloped when loaded.

and maybe a mirror or wireless camera to see how the position of the load is as it is being loaded

 

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Re: Finally starting a Solar Kiln
« Reply #26 on: September 17, 2017, 05:11:27 PM »
Looks great.  If you get chance can you post what the hinges look like on inside of door?
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Re: Finally starting a Solar Kiln
« Reply #27 on: September 17, 2017, 05:41:11 PM »
The hinges are not on the inside????
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Re: Finally starting a Solar Kiln
« Reply #28 on: September 18, 2017, 10:14:09 AM »
Sorry I was not very clear.  How are the hinges anchored on the inside.  You built up/backed under the hinge on the outside but on the inside of the door and kiln did you add a backing board?

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Re: Finally starting a Solar Kiln
« Reply #29 on: September 18, 2017, 12:09:30 PM »
Door side has blocking and threw bolts, post side has 4.5 inch lags.
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Re: Finally starting a Solar Kiln
« Reply #30 on: September 18, 2017, 01:46:40 PM »
Got it!  Thanks

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Re: Finally starting a Solar Kiln
« Reply #31 on: September 20, 2017, 09:09:11 AM »
Looks great....I like your roof design.  I need to find time to build one myself.

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Re: Finally starting a Solar Kiln
« Reply #32 on: October 01, 2017, 06:54:13 AM »
Some progress  8)
 

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 
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Re: Finally starting a Solar Kiln
« Reply #33 on: October 01, 2017, 07:37:19 AM »
What kind of paint you used? Looks great.

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Re: Finally starting a Solar Kiln
« Reply #34 on: October 01, 2017, 01:29:10 PM »
 Behr porch and floor flat black because regular paint can that be put on the horizontal surface  and this is a very durable paint
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Re: Finally starting a Solar Kiln
« Reply #35 on: October 01, 2017, 10:07:55 PM »
Looking very nice!
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Re: Finally starting a Solar Kiln
« Reply #36 on: October 10, 2017, 11:39:55 AM »
Looking really good.  Any progress lately?  I'm looking forward to see some of your details for the rest of the build.  I really like what you've done so far.
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Re: Finally starting a Solar Kiln
« Reply #37 on: October 15, 2017, 06:29:15 PM »
 

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 
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Re: Finally starting a Solar Kiln
« Reply #38 on: October 15, 2017, 09:14:10 PM »
Looking good. Almost ready for a load of lumber.  You do nice work.

I can't really see in the picture, but it doesn't look like any blocking between the rafters where the fans are mounted. That needs to be sealed off to create the plenum effect for air flow through the stack.  Just an observation.
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Re: Finally starting a Solar Kiln
« Reply #39 on: October 15, 2017, 09:16:14 PM »
What kind of fans are you using?
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