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Pictures of Solar Kilns
« on: April 22, 2012, 09:08:35 AM »
 8) I know there are a lot of Solar Kilm posts out there but I was wondering if we could start one that you all could just post your pictures (with minimum text) of your solar Kilm? All the other post have a lot of comments and I would like to get all pictures in one post to compare and decide what type to build. The other advantage would be to combind different ideas from different Kilms.

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Re: Pictures of Solar Kilns
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2012, 10:59:46 AM »
I guess someone has to be first. Here's mine:

 

 
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« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2012, 12:18:39 PM »
Here's mine. Planman's is an up-dated model of it.

 

 

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« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2012, 03:29:20 PM »
Here's mine also. bg


  

 

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Re: Pictures of Solar Kilns
« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2012, 09:28:37 PM »
Hi all, it would be nice to see the inside of your Kilms if possible.

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« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2012, 11:47:23 PM »
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« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2012, 08:06:54 AM »
Nice pics, what are the two silver things at the ceiling?
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Re: Pictures of Solar Kilns
« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2012, 10:50:13 AM »
Nice pics guys. How well will they work north of the 49th.?
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« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2012, 11:38:44 AM »
In MA, is "Kiln"  pronounced "Kilm"?  after spending a couple weeks in the south, I saw several different pronunciations that differed to what I am accustomed to and wondered if this is a north east regional thing.
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« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2012, 12:08:17 PM »
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« Reply #10 on: April 24, 2012, 01:36:49 PM »
The spelling is "kiln", but the pronunciation is/may be different.
Like "elm" is pronounced "ellum" some places, some people.

My good sawmill friend (may he RIP) enjoyed putting a twist on certain words, such as "acorns" pronounced "acerns", twelfths pronounced twelps.

I think Bibby enjoys doing that too.  ;D

And in the south....who knows what they are saying  ::) ::)   ;D ;D ;D

Then I worked with a crew from Harvard, and they had a language pronunciation all their own too.

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Re: Pictures of Solar Kilns
« Reply #11 on: April 24, 2012, 02:54:45 PM »

 This is a thread that I will wach with intrest.

Anyone ever use their kiln as a greenhouse in the spring?

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« Reply #12 on: April 24, 2012, 03:08:56 PM »
I've wondered the same thing Jon. Maybe make it so the black panels that collect the heat swing partially out of the way to allow sun into the kiln/greenhouse but also allow the black panels to still build some heat. maybe hinge it at the top with a pulley at the front/bottom to pull it back up for the kiln or to let it down for use as a greenhouse.
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« Reply #13 on: April 24, 2012, 05:10:24 PM »
Or you could just build a greenhouse!
Which is what I plan to do one day. I'll take pics and show progress. I've done a lot of looking and reading (books and internet) and thinks I'll do a passive solar one. It'll have a lot of concrete mass and water as heat sinks. Like on the kiln doors I built above...I'll let you know if it works!  :D
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Re: Pictures of Solar Kilns
« Reply #14 on: June 05, 2012, 09:23:01 AM »
In MA, is "Kiln"  pronounced "Kilm"?  after spending a couple weeks in the south, I saw several different pronunciations that differed to what I am accustomed to and wondered if this is a north east regional thing.

The word is correctly pronounced with a silent N as in "kill".  Pronouncing the N is also acceptable.  I was taught this when I was educated in Michigan, and dictionary.com backs that up.  Now that I live in Alabama, it's still the same!  English is English.  Proper grammer is regionally independent!  Yeah, I do know how to say "y'all".... Slang, on the otherhand IS regionally dependent!  ;)
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« Reply #15 on: July 15, 2012, 10:02:15 AM »
Mine is up and running now. Just need to figure out what to use for a T-Stat.
I used an old furnace and some ductwork to move the air as one fan is better than four on the hydro bill.
Someone said an Aqua-Stat from a boiler would work as the temp gets up to 160 in there and a household stat wont cut it.
Any ideas?
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« Reply #16 on: July 15, 2012, 10:07:03 AM »
Mine is up and running now. Just need to figure out what to use for a T-Stat.
I used an old furnace and some ductwork to move the air as one fan is better than four on the hydro bill.
Someone said an Aqua-Stat from a boiler would work as the temp gets up to 160 in there and a household stat wont cut it.
Any ideas?
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Do you have any pictures you could post ?
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« Reply #17 on: July 15, 2012, 10:13:34 AM »
Mine is up and running now. Just need to figure out what to use for a T-Stat.
I used an old furnace and some ductwork to move the air as one fan is better than four on the hydro bill.
Someone said an Aqua-Stat from a boiler would work as the temp gets up to 160 in there and a household stat wont cut it.
Any ideas?
Thanks
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« Reply #18 on: July 15, 2012, 10:22:37 AM »
That's a good start to my problem. Now to try to get some pictures from my gallery to here.

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