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Re: Finally got to start my solar kiln
« Reply #80 on: August 20, 2018, 08:44:59 AM »
That sounds pretty sporty.  Is it configured for inverted flight?
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Re: Finally got to start my solar kiln
« Reply #81 on: August 23, 2018, 03:48:36 PM »
not really, no flop tube in the fuel tanks, it can perform most aerobatic maneuvers just no sub stained inverted flight.
There's other RV models that are much more capable performing aerobatics than my RV-9A, 

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Re: Finally got to start my solar kiln
« Reply #82 on: August 23, 2018, 08:01:45 PM »
Put some flat sawn sweetgum in your kiln if you want to see some aerobatics.  :D :D :D
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Re: Finally got to start my solar kiln
« Reply #83 on: August 27, 2018, 08:51:25 AM »
Put some flat sawn sweetgum in your kiln if you want to see some aerobatics.  . 


..or some flat sawn sycamore!
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Re: Finally got to start my solar kiln
« Reply #84 on: August 30, 2018, 06:35:05 AM »
I have enjoyed this post.

I have a couple of questions. I may have missed this information in the thread.

How are you monitoring the temp and humidity in the kiln?
What did you use for the clear "window" in the kiln?
What is the angle of the window?

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Re: Finally got to start my solar kiln
« Reply #85 on: September 05, 2018, 08:21:35 AM »
I'm not monitoring the temp or humidity. I've checked them a few times with a gadget I use for long range shooting, the mid day temp was around 130-140, I can make it a little hotter by adjusting the vents and fans,
I just fill it up with lumber, set the fans and vents and leave it along for a week, come back a week later and the lumber is around 7.5-8 MC
I'm starting to mill the wood into T&G flooring and molding, here's a couple of pic's, any suggestions would be welcomed, and a pic of a yellow jackets nest that was between two boards with stickers, I've never seen a nest like this, it looks like a beautiful piece of art,
I'll start a new thread on milling the T&G/molding,
rough lumber going in.......


 
smooth lumber coming out.....

 
I built a cantilevered metal rack to help separate the lumber, I bring a load from the kiln and put on the lower level, as I plane it I put on a separate level...

 

yellow jacket nest........


 

 

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Re: Finally got to start my solar kiln
« Reply #86 on: September 05, 2018, 08:26:07 AM »
I forgot to mention the reason it only takes a week drying time is I harvested my trees two years ago and had them sawed into 4/4, so it's been air drying for two years.

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Re: Finally got to start my solar kiln
« Reply #87 on: September 05, 2018, 08:47:44 AM »
Do you have any snipe at the ends?  Considering the outfeed side, gravity will be trying to pull the front part of the lumber down, which can push the end of the lumber into the cutter when the chip breaker can no longer hold the lumber against the bed plate; this gives you snipe at the end.  Same effect in the front when feeding.  What is suggested to eliminate all snipe is infeed and outfeed tables that slope upward a few 100s of an inches per foot as you go away from the machine and is long enough to support the lumber the entire time it is in the machine.

The solar kiln, VA Tech design, is suppose to work well without any effort or measurements, except MC, for 4/4 and 5/4 of most species, especially when air-dried first.

Congrats on this load.
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Re: Finally got to start my solar kiln
« Reply #88 on: September 05, 2018, 10:23:40 AM »
Nice rack Coffee Creek.  I could use about 20 of those.  

Congrats on getting the first load from the kiln.  It'll be interesting to watch your progress on the t&g.

That yellow jacket nest is a piece of art.  Never got to see one that wasn't spewing yellow jackets while I was running as fast as I could.  That's a whole nother perspective.  Glad you didn't find it the hard way.
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Re: Finally got to start my solar kiln
« Reply #89 on: September 05, 2018, 11:42:41 AM »
very little snipe, The Woodmaster has fairly large infeed and outfeed tables with a slight tilt to them to help with snipe,  I set up infeed and outfeed roller tables originally but the bending forward to place and remove the boards was tough on my back so, I went with just a single roller stand on each side spaced about eight feet from planner, this allows me to be right next to the boards and not require bending over just reaching down, much easier on my back this way........


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