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solar kiln temp
« on: March 21, 2019, 03:48:55 PM »
Can a solar kiln get too hot? Outside temp currently 47 F. Temp in top of building/collector is currently 154 F where the fan isn't running, and is 120 F where the fan is running and blowing air down below to the wood. The solar collector is 36 ft long. This newly operational. Can't imagine what the temp will be in the heat of summer in Wisconsin. Thoughts?


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Re: solar kiln temp
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2019, 02:40:52 PM »
Hi, mine did that too, all that will change when you put a bunk of wood in there.

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Re: solar kiln temp
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2019, 07:05:28 AM »
The heat at the top can easily reach 200 F and can melt or damage wires, fans, plastic, wood components, roof covering materials, etc. when the air is stagnant.  You need vents near the top that are open when the unit is not in use, or run the fans or put a cover over the roof.
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Re: solar kiln temp
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2019, 07:46:07 AM »
I melted the roof on mine, when we had a couple day power outage and I forgot to open the doors.

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