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Re: Kiln made from Semi-trailer
« Reply #20 on: May 05, 2003, 01:09:33 PM »
ElectricAl,
Thanks for the info, great looking pics. That seem to be exactly what I am looking to do. I'll keep your info in the back of my mind and get back with you when and if I decide to do something with a kiln.

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Re: Kiln made from Semi-trailer
« Reply #21 on: May 05, 2003, 07:06:59 PM »
BBTom,

Sorry for the delay :-/

Our trailer is an insulated trailer, but it is a 1987. When I called the manufacture about the "R" value he laughed. He said semi trailers loose 1R per year because the product brakes down in time. The trailer had R8 in the sides and R12 in the roof. Well, it's 16 years old now.
So, it's R -8 and R -4 now :D

We did glue some 2" pink foam board to the walls and top.

We can maintain 145 degrees even in Jan and Feb. :o

I'll try to get a few pic of the track and trucks posted soon.

Hydeoutman,

You let us know when your ready, we'll help you spend your money ;D


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Re: Kiln made from Semi-trailer
« Reply #22 on: May 06, 2003, 01:25:07 PM »
That's precisely what I was afraid of :D :D

Come out of hiding and everybody want's to spend your money ;D ;D

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Re: Kiln made from Semi-trailer
« Reply #23 on: January 24, 2006, 10:36:55 AM »
Updates please . Pics of the tracks and trucks, also of the fans vents and outdoor heater . What does it cost to run it for 30 days ?
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Re: Kiln made from Semi-trailer
« Reply #24 on: January 24, 2006, 11:19:48 AM »
you might check out a trailer place in town. I found a wrecked refer trailer which they were going to scrap. I bought last 14' with doors for $300 delivered. I added insulation (1" alum both faces, $400). I use ebac 800 and two house fans and have added 1 1500w heat strip as it will not get up to 125 in winter. I too, AD 30 days and then it takes about 30 days for 1000'. You can't go wrong. I only wish I had some kind of rail system, as loading/unloading gets to be a pain.
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Re: Kiln made from Semi-trailer
« Reply #25 on: January 25, 2006, 03:45:05 AM »
ElectricAl How do you load the Kiln? Any pictures? Thank you for the info
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Re: Kiln made from Semi-trailer
« Reply #26 on: January 25, 2006, 10:29:01 PM »
Well looks like I forgot to post photos a while back ::)

This is a 5' piece of track we drop in after the doors are opened.




Here are some of the carts. They are 48" x 72".  Two have flat top for pallets or we use skids for odd lenght lumber.



Track is made from 3" C channel and 2x2 sq tube.

We can normally push the carts in and out with two people. However some times we'll use 3 carts for two long bunks. Those have to be cabled. There is a pulley mounted in the front of the chamber. We can cable in and out with a forklift, tractor, skidsteer or yamaha ATV :D

It is hard to figure the real drying cost. We have one power meter for the whole business. Heat comes from a $5000 outdoor wood burner. So what is my time worth to cut firewood and feed the fire and clean the ash and pull maintaince? :-X


Wyatt,

You need some track ;)

I have seen 2" angle iron used with the point up and some V rollers
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Re: Kiln made from Semi-trailer
« Reply #27 on: January 26, 2006, 01:34:00 AM »
Check out sawmill exchange, they have two listed already set up for kiln.
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Re: Kiln made from Semi-trailer
« Reply #28 on: January 26, 2006, 09:58:49 AM »
I used a rented hanging beef reefer trailer, It worked excellent. Reid
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Re: Kiln made from Semi-trailer
« Reply #29 on: February 20, 2016, 10:18:06 AM »
I just purchased a 40' trailer and am wondering about a solar dying kiln to cut down on cost.  Does anyone have any ideas about how practical solar heating vs. wood burning setup would be.  Thanks, Fred Moretz

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Re: Kiln made from Semi-trailer
« Reply #30 on: February 20, 2016, 06:08:46 PM »
Welcome to the FF Fred.

I cant answer your question but you sure did bring up an old thread to start.

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Re: Kiln made from Semi-trailer
« Reply #31 on: February 21, 2016, 08:02:04 AM »
I have no answers on drying but Welcome to the Forestry Forum,   nccherokee.
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Re: Kiln made from Semi-trailer
« Reply #32 on: February 22, 2016, 07:07:39 AM »
Solar collector of one square foot will trap an average of about 1000 BTU per day, which will evaporate about 1 pound of water per day, assuming very few heat losses.  As a rule of thumb, the collector, whether it is separate or part of the roof system for the kiln, should be 1 square foot per 10 BF of lumber in the kiln.  So, a 1000 BF kiln needs a 100 square foot collector.  This will dry 1000 BF of oak about 3% maximum per sunny summer day, which is perfect for 4/4.

In a month's time, a 100 sq ft collector will collect 100 x 30 x 1000 BTU = 3 million BTU, which is three therms of natural gas or under 1/5 cord of wood.
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« Reply #33 on: March 14, 2016, 05:04:52 PM »
Can anyone tell me what would happem if i stained and put polyurethane on my floor boards I recently milled?. I'm building a house Barn and I desperately need my floor in so I can put my bathroom in, I don't have time to wait 6-8 months nor the money to send my number out to a kiln so I'm throwing caution to the wind and laying it anyways LOL
I figure the stain is okay but I'm not sure about the polyurethane once the for drinks? Has anyone had that experience? I know the boards are shrinking and it will have a gap between them and that's okay I'm going to fill it with black silicone. With The Rustic look in the dark stain with a shiny finish on it I think it's going to look pretty cool I'm just not sure if the urethane wall crack?

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« Reply #34 on: March 14, 2016, 05:07:16 PM »
Once the floor dries dang spell checker LOL

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Re: Kiln made from Semi-trailer
« Reply #35 on: April 10, 2016, 07:00:21 AM »
This is the best idea.  Instead of small sawers bringing would to the kiln you bring the kiln to them.  They provide the labor and electricity and in addition you provide the drying schedule and moisture meter.  For some extra bucks on the way to the next site you make a delivery to their customer. 
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