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VT Solar Kiln Workshop 2019
« on: March 27, 2019, 09:47:08 AM »

Drying Lumber with a Solar Kiln

We will hold a two day program on drying lumber with a solar kiln in Blacksburg, VA at the Brooks Forest Products Center on May 16-17, 2019. This workshop introduces the principles of drying hardwood and softwood lumber in a solar kiln. The course also contains information on the design and operation of solar kilns. Emphasis will be placed on the solar kiln design at Virginia Tech (Virginia Tech Solar Kiln | Sustainable Biomaterials | Virginia Tech). Our solar kiln is on-site and will be used in the course. Whether you are considering building a solar kiln or are currently operating one, this short course will provide you information that will improve your lumber drying skills.

For more information or to register :
Drying Lumber with a Solar Kiln Workshop | Sustainable Biomaterials | Virginia Tech

 

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Re: VT Solar Kiln Workshop 2019
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2019, 10:34:26 AM »
Thanks for posting that reminder. I signed up a few years ago but a concrete pumper job got in the way. I'll see if I can make it this year.
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Re: VT Solar Kiln Workshop 2019
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2019, 04:10:14 PM »
Believe I will make the trip.  Thanks for the info.

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Re: VT Solar Kiln Workshop 2019
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2019, 04:37:46 PM »
this would be great, esp. following sawing project 2019, but i have several graduations in may, I will have to see.  thx.
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Re: VT Solar Kiln Workshop 2019
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2019, 06:17:32 AM »
Looks like I can go, and get in early enough to see my aunt Toots and my cousins from Va.  Lots of talk about solar kilns, is anyone else able to go from the forum?  @Brad_bb 

ps tried to sign up and it is not available.  left a message and will update the status of the course.
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Re: VT Solar Kiln Workshop 2019
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2019, 09:35:26 AM »
Due to lack of interest, the course has been cancelled. We're looking at alternate dates and ideas. Thinking of a free 1/2  to full day online course using Zoom. Maybe two 1/2 days. Online training is harder to sit through. It would be a live course and folks could download the slides prior to the event. Zoom allows us to talk and show the slides at the same time.

Thoughts?

Thanks!

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Re: VT Solar Kiln Workshop 2019
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2019, 12:15:45 PM »
Brian, I didn't sign up because the date conflicted with one of the guys here that I was hoping to bring. I'm down in Grayson Co and could probably set up the Lucas mill and a chainsaw mill in the back parking lot if expanding things would help with drawing enough folks. I'm sort of thinking along the lines of the southern sawing project, do a few days of wood related events, saw some wood, drying and kiln, tours of the lab, grading short course, bust some sticks, bend some nails, gasify some scraps  ???.
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Re: VT Solar Kiln Workshop 2019
« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2019, 01:07:38 PM »
Brian, I like that idea- two half days online.  Saves a whole lot of money and time on travel.  Granted you don't get the same experience of meeting others and sharing.... but for this, where I'm trying to save money, I like the idea of getting the meat and potatoes via a conference call/slide presentation.  I just did a similar course on Horse pasture management, manure management/composting, Mud management and horse property solutions, and it worked out great.
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Re: VT Solar Kiln Workshop 2019
« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2019, 03:18:11 PM »
Brian, With the online format is it possibble to watch at ones own time? I am interested also but not able to travel that far. Just not sure of the online time frame.

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Re: VT Solar Kiln Workshop 2019
« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2019, 04:30:18 PM »
sorry it did not work out, and with a few of the recent threads, I know interest is there but schedule is the issue.  I would still be interested in a live presentation in the future but was hoping to start a kiln this spring so would appreciate info soon.  At my hospital we did facebook live stuff and people could type in questions real time.  It was also recorded and remains online for people to watch after the fact.  In fact you could do that for the course you have at VT and also allow facebook live so you have interaction as well as access for folks.  another thought is that we have a few solar kiln threads going, and you could poss. follow those and chime in occ.  Your friend @GeneWengert-WoodDoc does that very well.  Thanks Brian.
ps we could start a thread for people to "sign up" for a future class so you can get the number of people you need and then plan the class.  just a few ideas.
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Re: VT Solar Kiln Workshop 2019
« Reply #10 on: April 29, 2019, 08:05:49 AM »
Doc Henderson,

Good idea. We did get a late start this year with advertising, issues with setting up registration. Sounds odd but as professors, we can't collect money, have to work through others. Not trustworthy! :)

I must have copied your email wrong, it bounced back. So, here is the link to the solar kiln publication with plans for an 800 bd ft kiln and a link to the 2,000 bd ft kiln.

Virginia Tech Solar Kiln | Sustainable Biomaterials | Virginia Tech

Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Brian

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Re: VT Solar Kiln Workshop 2019
« Reply #11 on: April 29, 2019, 04:16:13 PM »
Brian,

I too will be starting a solar kiln soon. Very interested in the online possibility. As Brad stated, would be great to do it in person but this time of year is crazy busy for everyone, conflicts all over the place. Will look forward to the possibility.

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Re: VT Solar Kiln Workshop 2019
« Reply #12 on: May 07, 2019, 09:03:03 AM »
I am very interested in trying to build one of your solar kilns , thanks for the information . it should work in the sunshine state .

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Re: VT Solar Kiln Workshop 2019
« Reply #13 on: July 16, 2019, 08:26:21 AM »
Let me know when/if you reschedule.  VT GRAD HERE.  Residing in Harrisonburg.  A trip to Blacksburg for wood drying information sounds like a great trip.

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Re: VT Solar Kiln Workshop 2019
« Reply #14 on: July 17, 2019, 05:41:21 PM »
I would also be interested in an alternate date.


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