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Author Topic: Cycle time for Solar Kiln  (Read 2181 times)

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Offline VA-Sawyer

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Cycle time for Solar Kiln
« on: January 24, 2004, 06:27:24 PM »
What is a realistic number of loads one can cycle through a solar kiln in a year. I've seen claims ranging from 12 ( average one a month ) to 3 ( 1 over fall/winter , 2 during spring/summer )
I realize there are a lot of variables. Lets figure 4/4 red oak, fresh off the stump, fresh sawed. Dried to 6 or 7% MC.
Total loads per year ?

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Re: Cycle time for Solar Kiln
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2004, 06:59:03 PM »

VA_Sawyer Larry dryes about 3 to 4 loads a year. I think
it depends on where you are. Hope Larry see this and he
can answer it better.

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Re: Cycle time for Solar Kiln
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2004, 07:03:00 PM »
This past year I was able to get 4 loads threw mine. But ya have to remember I'm way north of you, U.P. of Michigan. All loads were green off the stump.
I am a true TREE HUGGER, if I didnt I would fall out!  chet the arborist

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Re: Cycle time for Solar Kiln
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2004, 08:22:25 AM »
 Will air drying for a month, make it easier or worse (more checking). Whats the highest temp you can achieve in the UP.
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Re: Cycle time for Solar Kiln
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2004, 05:56:15 PM »
I think that the 3 to four loads a year is about right. I am on the first year with my kiln and we just put the 5 load in. The first load was poplar that was green then elm that was air dryed fo 6 months red oak green then air dryed mixed load of cheery and elm the last load is mixed and air dryed should be out when the year is up. Carl B.


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