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Re: Vacutherm iDry input
« Reply #60 on: October 17, 2018, 09:03:54 AM »
I did have a chance to talk to the guy running an Idry.  They love it.  He did notice on some mega wide poplar that there was some cupping.  But nothing but good things to say.  I asked Jim parker about shipping and he said pan on 8 to 10 weeks.  Hope this helps.
Did this guy speak to drying times needed for 4/4 or 8/4 or other for certain species?  I'm curious if the i-Dry claims of "1-week per inch of thickness" is fairly accurate.
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Re: Vacutherm iDry input
« Reply #61 on: October 17, 2018, 10:37:18 AM »
Yes he did say that it was pretty much spot on as advertised.  Said he dried green ERC in a few days.
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Re: Vacutherm iDry input
« Reply #62 on: October 18, 2018, 12:13:45 PM »
Mr. Parker is saying we are still on schedule for November 15. I have the concrete poured,  boiler up and running.  Just need to so a little electrical work and I'll be ready for delivery.
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Re: Vacutherm iDry input
« Reply #63 on: October 19, 2018, 01:17:55 PM »
I did have a chance to talk to the guy running an Idry.  They love it.  He did notice on some mega wide poplar that there was some cupping.  But nothing but good things to say.  I asked Jim parker about shipping and he said pan on 8 to 10 weeks.  Hope this helps.
Did this guy speak to drying times needed for 4/4 or 8/4 or other for certain species?  I'm curious if the i-Dry claims of "1-week per inch of thickness" is fairly accurate.
When I spoke with Jim he mentioned that the 1 week per inch rule did not apply to white oak, but with other species was pretty accurate.
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Re: Vacutherm iDry input
« Reply #64 on: October 19, 2018, 07:55:57 PM »
White oak has its own rules :)
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Re: Vacutherm iDry input
« Reply #65 on: October 23, 2018, 08:52:45 AM »
Im planning to stop by Vacutherm mid next month to check out an IDry and look over their plant.  Ought to be interesting.
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« Reply #66 on: October 23, 2018, 11:08:09 AM »
It does sound like a good plan to go visit them.  I did end up talking to the engineer the other day and he said for white oak,  you would be better off to air dry it for a while then dry it.
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« Reply #67 on: October 24, 2018, 08:45:16 PM »
Well I recieved the completion date email a couple days ago. When I ordered I was told about 10-12 weeks for completion. That would put it around the fourth of December. They will have the kiln ready on November 1st. A little over 7 weeks from the order date. Jim and the other guys at vaccutherm have been great to deal with. Problem is that of course I'm not going to be ready for it. I scheduled the spray foam contractors for November 9th. I'm getting 3in of closed cell on the barn walls and 6in of open cell on the roof deck. I might have to put the kiln in the middle of the barn and cover it with plastic and have the guys work around it. A few weeks ago they were saying kiln completion on November 15 possibly earlier. Well earlier it is. Now the pressure is on. So much to do, so little time.
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Re: Vacutherm iDry input
« Reply #68 on: October 25, 2018, 07:43:51 AM »
Well Busy,  It could of went the other way.  I feel that I will be in the same boat.  I just about have all the materials ready for the building that I will be putting mine in.  Will you go get yours or let them deliver it?  He figured my shipping would be 3500.00 . . . . . .so I am thinking road trip and save that.  Plus I have never had the chance to go up to the north east.  I know you are excited about the new addition though,  that is gonna be fun.
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Re: Vacutherm iDry input
« Reply #69 on: October 25, 2018, 10:21:41 AM »
Well Busy,  It could of went the other way.  I feel that I will be in the same boat.  I just about have all the materials ready for the building that I will be putting mine in.  Will you go get yours or let them deliver it?  He figured my shipping would be 3500.00 . . . . . .so I am thinking road trip and save that.  Plus I have never had the chance to go up to the north east.  I know you are excited about the new addition though,  that is gonna be fun.
Just Right..... you got in the game too with an i-Dry?  very nice, congratulations!
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« Reply #70 on: October 25, 2018, 08:22:20 PM »
Just right, they quoted me 3k for shipping. I thought about picking it up but will probably just pay the shipping so I don't have to worry about it.
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« Reply #71 on: October 26, 2018, 07:54:03 AM »
ETEX  yes I have made the decision to get an IDry.  I will be retiring end of Jan and want to coordinate pick up after that.  Figure a lil happy retiring gift to my self so to speak.  I  am just hung up at a kiln.  I don't mind paying someone to do it for me,  but it is at their leisure or availability.  And an hour away one way.  Like Busy mentioned above,  I can see selling more cause I can tell customers that I can dry 12/4 in a month or less and not 3 years.

Busy  After a 30 year career as an Air Traffic Controller in a dark room for most of it . . . .I am ready for the slow pace of a good long road trip.  If not I def would pay for the shipping.
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« Reply #72 on: October 28, 2018, 05:50:40 PM »
Just right, are you getting it with electric heat or boiler heat? 
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« Reply #73 on: October 29, 2018, 09:20:19 AM »
Well it is just my opinion,  but I see the extra expense of the boiler option as I am paying for me to have to do more work.  So I opted for the electric.  just easier for me to pay the bill and if I want to go hunting fishing or anything I don't have to worry daily about the kiln being heated.  I am however leaning toward the bladder that goes on the inside for the added pressure for keeping the wood flat.  What is your opinion of that?
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« Reply #74 on: October 29, 2018, 10:25:10 AM »
I think I will be ordering the bladder at some point. I'm done spending money for awhile though. Getting the barn finished up is killing me financially.  Concrete, insulation, electrical and plumbing. Plus the cost of the kiln, wood boiler and getting everything hooked up. It all adds up to a ton of money for someone like me. I wanted to heat my house and barn with a wood boiler so I figured I might as well get a large boiler and heat the kiln as well. I'm pretty sure they told me the kiln will need about 40k btu to heat it.  So far I'm able to heat my house and domestic hot water for about 7 days on a single load. In the warmer months I think I should be able to heat the kiln for a week at a time with a single load without a problem.  The fact that the kiln has it's own 50amp breaker tells me it's going to suck electric and at this point I only have 100 amps to the barn. Very excited to get this barn wrapped up and the kiln going.
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« Reply #75 on: October 30, 2018, 06:38:49 PM »
I'm excited for y'all. Looking forward to having someone close with one (Just Right) so I can use them at my leisure.
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« Reply #76 on: October 30, 2018, 09:45:41 PM »
I am on the verge of ordering a unit also. I would hope to have it ordered next week.
They are putting up the price Jan. 1/2019 to $49,000 US
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Re: Vacutherm iDry input
« Reply #77 on: October 31, 2018, 01:19:56 PM »
what is the price of the bladder option?
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« Reply #78 on: October 31, 2018, 01:39:51 PM »
what is the price of the bladder option?
Currently we're selling it for $3000, but I have to say the slabs and lumber we've been seeing out of kilns are really flat without it. 


 

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Re: Vacutherm iDry input
« Reply #79 on: October 31, 2018, 01:50:44 PM »
Thanks south side. Its a new model they have so there is not much out there that I can find. It is a discontinuous vacuum kiln.
The iDRY is a continuous vacuum kiln that operates at a pressure similar to the top of Mt Everest, so there is still enough air to push around with the fan to heat.


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