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General Forestry => Drying and Processing => Topic started by: Bryce on February 14, 2010, 10:21:10 PM

Title: converting a bulk tobacco kiln into a lumber kiln
Post by: Bryce on February 14, 2010, 10:21:10 PM
Hi I'm looking to build a lumber kiln out of a used tobacco bulk kiln, Im wondering if anybody else has done this , and if they did some pointers they could pass on. We have these kilns very available here, they are well priced, and I beleive with a little elbow grease they might work well. Can anybody help? 8)
Title: Re: converting a bulk tobacco kiln into a lumber kiln
Post by: fishpharmer on February 15, 2010, 12:34:02 AM
Welcome to the forestry forum bryce.  I lived in SC for a spell.  There was lots of tobacco curing barns around, seems like they would work.  I am guessing your in the SE US if your talking about tobacco.  Do they grow it in other parts of the country?
Title: Re: converting a bulk tobacco kiln into a lumber kiln
Post by: Gary_C on February 15, 2010, 12:41:04 AM
  Do they grow it in other parts of the country?

Wisconsin and Minnesota for a few other places.
Title: Re: converting a bulk tobacco kiln into a lumber kiln
Post by: beenthere on February 15, 2010, 12:42:12 AM
Welcome to the forestry forum.

Can you describe a tobacco bulk kiln for us? And a pic or two would be great too. (just need to set up your photo gallery and use the Java Uploader below this blue posting window to load them into your gallery)
Title: Re: converting a bulk tobacco kiln into a lumber kiln
Post by: Meadows Miller on February 15, 2010, 05:21:44 AM
Gday

And welcome to the forum Bryce  ;) ;D ;D 8) 8) I could see how it could work Airflow will be your main issue and it would only be  sutable for low temp drying depending on the settup Abit more info on what the contruction matirial is and what sort of heat sorce your thinking of using  would be handy  Mate  ;)

P.s also whack down alittle more info Loc and age as its a handy thing to have upthere and and you wont get haseled for it then aswell  ;) :D :D ;D ;D 8)

Regards Chris
Title: Re: converting a bulk tobacco kiln into a lumber kiln
Post by: Bryce on February 15, 2010, 10:26:48 PM
Hi thanks for your responses, I live in southern Ontario, near Simcoe, we are part of the northern run of the carolina forest, Its also sandy and tobacco country here, we get hot humid summers being surrounded by the great lakes, very close to lake Erie. I will get more info on the tobacco kilns I'm talking about and some pictures I look forward to your responses and knowlege.
Thanks again
Bryce 8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: converting a bulk tobacco kiln into a lumber kiln
Post by: OneWithWood on February 17, 2010, 12:48:25 PM
Is Simcoe on or by Lake Simcoe?  When I was a young lad I spent a few summers at a the Columbus Boys Camp on Lake Simcoe.

A picture of a tobacco kiln would be very helpful as Beenthere noted.  Off the top of my head I think the issues may be how air-tight is the chamber and what is the insulation value of the walls, floor and ceiling.
Title: Re: converting a bulk tobacco kiln into a lumber kiln
Post by: fishpharmer on February 17, 2010, 12:56:45 PM
I found a link with the type of curing barn I saw in South Carolina.  I would think they could be found cheap in the right area.  The tobacco industry in SC is a fraction of what it was before anti-tobacco lawsuits. 

http://bulktobac.com/bulk_cure.html

I spent a summer working for a tobacco farmer and helped load several of these type barns.   
Title: Re: converting a bulk tobacco kiln into a lumber kiln
Post by: scsmith42 on February 18, 2010, 11:09:27 PM
Yes, it will work, but it's not ideal.  The problem comes from restrictions on loading/unloading the kiln, as well as the lack of space inside for the wood and the kiln unit.

Doable, but not the best option.