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If you run the fans 24/7, you will not get below 12% MC.  So, run the fans only when the kiln is heated 20 F or more above the outside morning low temperature to achieve the lower MCs.

At the end of drying, like where you are now, heat is important to get the last bit of moisture out.  So, close the vents almost all the way.  A small opening will vent enough air to keep the humidity down.
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Timber Framing/Log construction / Re: Timber Frame Cabin Build

« Last post by TimFromNB on Today at 08:02:08 AM »
Bishop, I browsed through the thread quickly: very nice looking camp! Is that on a branch of the Miramichi? Looks like good fishing :)
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Drying and Processing / Re: Drying shed

« Last post by GeneWengert-WoodDoc on Today at 07:59:39 AM »
The closed ends do not need gutters and overhang, but the two open sides still do.
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Drying and Processing / Re: Finally got to start my solar kiln

« Last post by Coffee_Creek on Today at 07:53:11 AM »
Thank you so much yellowHammer, So many good thoughtful people on here like you make this a great site......
I learn something every time I log on......
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Technical Support Topics / Re: 'Nother New Laptop

« Last post by Magicman on Today at 07:50:06 AM »
Thanks Ian, I have a "thumb" so I will do the export thing this morning.  The Laptop works fine between bluescreens, is very light, and runs cool with the fan seldom coming on.  I really like it.

Actually it went almost two weeks with no failure and then I got a notification saying that I needed to run Dell Support Assist.  It did all of the updates except one that Failed.  I tried it a couple more time with failures.  The next time that I used the Laptop I got a bluescreen Stopcode: Fault hardware, corrupted page.  Also now it doesn't remember my logins.

If/when I get whatever else I get I will be reluctant to do that Support Assist thing.  :-\
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Sawmills and Milling / Re: fan

« Last post by florida on Today at 07:45:17 AM »
Talk to your friendly AC tech and see if he will give/sell you a big squirrel cage fan from an AC.  I have several and they move much more air than abladedfan and are much quiter. 
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Sawmills and Milling / Re: Dust Collector System for Edger

« Last post by paul case on Today at 07:34:11 AM »
I use a ear corn conveyor. It has a ''funnel'' on the down end of it and I have a skirt hooked to the machine that makes everything go in the funnel. It isnt clog proof but we have been using it for a couple years and it works pretty slick. It goes too fast so I only run it every 6 or 8 boards. The out end of it is outside the building and is held up by a wooden stand in the middle of it. 2hp motor runs it. Bought mine at a farm sale for 25 bucks and motor cost $159. The last 2 hp blower I bought for the mill was over $300.

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Yes - I'm just 15 minutes away from their Hannibal NY location. They have the same documentation I have manuals and the such. No, good pic of the roller chain. It can't be very complicated. I know the length of the chain and I'm certain one or two attempts  will show me the right way...just looking for the quick answer!
Thanks.
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Its the 1270G with a h415 head harvester, forwarder is a TJ 1210B. Stand is roughly 400 TPA were shooting for 180 an acre yarding in these type of stand is super easy especially cutting 24s if it was 18s & 16s itd be miserable with the amount of saw logs coming out. Should be interesting in the near future theyre wanting us to cut 36s and 32s have to see how the forwarder holds up.
So you cut 24's and they do the sawlog/pulp determination in the mill?  So you have a 14 or 16' bunk on there.  8' is not much of an issue but 36' a 16' overhang  ?  Even with the butts in the bunk and tips dragging that would be an issue I'd think.  
Bunk length is 19 or 20 on that machine so over hang is 4 with a 24 saw log, pulp I sort in the brush well cutting length isnt critical but I typically shoot for 20. If we do long logs Ill build an insert for the rear most bunk to kick the back of the logs up more which should help with overloading issues as well as no dragging.
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Sawmills and Milling / Re: WM sharpening equipment on sale

« Last post by YellowHammer on Today at 06:59:24 AM »
Get out the plastic and call da man. ;D The WM sharpener is a very good piece of equipment.
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Jeff, If I could play that well I'd consider myself talented!
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Sawmills and Milling / Re: WM sharpening equipment on sale

« Last post by Lawg Dawg on Today at 06:38:58 AM »
Good tip...thanks
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That looks like my old radial arm. If so look on the right side of the motor, on mine the arbor extends out the right side and is threaded and I have a drill chuck for mine. I've never tried it though. Are you just wanting to punch a hole for a round tenon in the side of a log?
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Its the 1270G with a h415 head harvester, forwarder is a TJ 1210B. Stand is roughly 400 TPA were shooting for 180 an acre yarding in these type of stand is super easy especially cutting 24s if it was 18s & 16s itd be miserable with the amount of saw logs coming out. Should be interesting in the near future theyre wanting us to cut 36s and 32s have to see how the forwarder holds up.
So you cut 24's and they do the sawlog/pulp determination in the mill?  So you have a 14 or 16' bunk on there.  8' is not much of an issue but 36' a 16' overhang  ?  Even with the butts in the bunk and tips dragging that would be an issue I'd think.  
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General Board / Re: The weather

« Last post by SwampDonkey on Today at 05:04:19 AM »
54F here this morning, on the cool side. But going to be in the 70's. :)
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Sawmills and Milling / Re: fan

« Last post by jwade on Today at 04:59:51 AM »
check out local ag store barn fans are pretty cheap and move a lot of air
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General Board / Re: The weather

« Last post by IMERC on Today at 03:58:49 AM »
lots of rain...
sure do wish it would change to winter...
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Drying and Processing / Re: Stopping checking/cracking on Cypress boards

« Last post by Ianab on Today at 02:15:06 AM »
Cypress should dry faster than Oak, but your boards are thicker, so it's probably similar.

If you don't have a moisture meter, do you have some accurate digital scales?

Weigh a board and note the weight. Leave it a week and weigh it again. If it's the same, then the wood is acclimated. If it's lighter, then the wood is still drying, leave it a bit longer.

You wont know the exact moisture content, but whatever it is, it's correct for the environment it's in, and that's the more important thing. Might be be 7%, might be 10%, doesn't matter, it's right for that room.

With the end checks, I'd leave them for now. That damage is already done, and probably occurred in the first few weeks of drying. Just once the board evened out, the cracks weren't obvious. As it's started drying again, they show up again. Cut them off later, or tape them (bottom and ends) up and pour some epoxy into them if you want to save the wood.
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Technical Support Topics / Re: 'Nother New Laptop

« Last post by Ianab on Today at 01:58:31 AM »
If the machine is running, go into your browser and the bookmarks section. There will be an option to "Export" all your bookmarks to a file. Usually .eml or .html. Save this file to your USB stick.

When you get the new machine, install Firefox again, and go back into the bookmarks section, and find the "Import" function. Locate your file and zap, the bookmarks will be back. 

They may all be in a folder called "imported bookmarks", but you can sort them out from there. 

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Maybe you could offer portable lap top set up services as a business venture! (Image hidden from quote, click to view.)
One of my day jobs  ;D

Speaking of which, it not always easy. Brand new Acer laptop out of the box, and it decided it needed to do a Win10 update. Better to do this in the office before you go to site so that it doesn't hold you up there. 3 HOURS later it had updated itself. This is a brand new, medium spec (i5?) sort of machine, not some crusty old piece of junk. 

No wonder people get frustrated with Win10 and it's updates. 
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Sawmills and Milling / Re: fan

« Last post by Brad_bb on Today at 01:41:34 AM »
Why would it be exposed to rain if it's in the building?? 
I have a couple Dayton industrial air circulators mounted on pedestals(can be purchased separately).  They move some good CFM's.  I think they are worth the additional cost over the "home grade" fans.  They are meant for continuous duty.  Just don't put some light duty extension cord on it or you're asking for trouble.  I try not use use an extension cord at all but if I have to, at least a 12 ga.

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