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Re: Vacutherm iDry input
« Reply #380 on: November 08, 2019, 08:12:23 PM »
Anyone got an idea what their ROI is going to be minus your time of course which isn't free, but would be hard to account for?
If your time is free, I'll take 25 years worth.
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Re: Vacutherm iDry input
« Reply #381 on: November 08, 2019, 09:16:15 PM »
somewhere in this post are some numbers. My numbers are a bit different as I purchased the kiln last year before they raised the prices. 
My time I know, as it is a minimum of 4 hrs to change a load in the kiln, and that isussually 2 of us.  If it is a lot of cookies then it is even more time, 6hrs
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Re: Vacutherm iDry input
« Reply #382 on: November 12, 2019, 09:24:17 AM »
ROI. . . .two years at the current pace.  Stephen,  my kiln did the same thing with the drain.  But it was after 6 loads or so.  So now I take a blower and blow it out after every load.
If you are enjoying what you are doing,  is it still work?

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Re: Vacutherm iDry input
« Reply #383 on: November 12, 2019, 09:39:23 AM »
ROI. . . .two years at the current pace.  Stephen,  my kiln did the same thing with the drain.  But it was after 6 loads or so.  So now I take a blower and blow it out after every load.
JR - I take it the solenoid is open when you do that? I think I will be 4 years to pay off the kiln. I am in a rental industrial unit. 
I had to buy a new drain pump yesterday as the float was all gumbed up with what I think is pine sap, in the water from inside the kiln. I have soaking in varsol now to see if it frees up the float. Then I will have a spare. It has a 2 year garauntee, but I do not feell right trying to have it  replaced all gumbed up. ;D
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Re: Vacutherm iDry input
« Reply #384 on: November 19, 2019, 11:08:02 AM »
Stephen,  No when mine stopped up it was from all the saw dust that ends up on the floor that gets washed into the drain.  Took it all apart and just washed it out the clear it.  Then started to blow the saw dust out the door in between charges.  Everything is working.  
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Re: Vacutherm iDry input
« Reply #385 on: November 20, 2019, 11:43:37 AM »
We get the "how much do people charge?" question a lot, so we put a calculator on our website based on what we hear customers charging for drying services. Operating costs are $100-120/week by the way. 

Here's the link: https://idrywood.com
Scroll down the page a bit. 

Haven't been on here in a while.  Hope you're all doing well.

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Re: Vacutherm iDry input
« Reply #386 on: January 02, 2020, 03:35:12 PM »
How's it going with everyone's iDry out there?? We just fired up the 5th load in the iDry, and thought I'd recap what we've experienced. 

Our prior 4 loads have been mixed species and moisture. The results have been very good, and the drying times are impressive. I had a load of 12/4 red oak slabs and 3ea 9"x9"x13' mantles for 14 days on low power, and another 7 days on high. The load had air dried for 2 months and turned out excellent with an mc right at 8% for the slabs. The mantles were down to 20% and are currently in a mixed load on high. We've mixed 4/4 yellow poplar, silver maple and white ash with very good results and the 1 week/inch works. We just did an interesting load of 3/4 live edge black walnut. The architect is going to puzzle it together on a large great room project with a stained birch backing. The load was very time consuming to cut as all logs/branches were between 5-8" dia, and not straight. With all of the sapwood in this project, I told the customer drying it flat would be a crap shoot. He said go for it and in 5 days, the 1250 bf load right off the saw was from 6-7.5%. There were a few boards that had a slight cup, but most were very flat, again impressive. 

We're using a recycle system for the vacuum pump water. What we've learned is that the water in this system has to be changed out every other kiln load. Not sure what it is, but the recycle water gets black and has a very strong rotten egg smell after about 2 loads, nasty. I thought this was for seal water only required for the vacuum pump and didn't think it was exposed to the kiln elements. If someone from idry jumps on, would like to hear the workings as to how that seal water gets contaminated? All-in-all, it's very easy to operate and doing a great job. Would like to hear how it's going with others.


    

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Re: Vacutherm iDry input
« Reply #387 on: January 06, 2020, 11:35:48 AM »
Not from I-Dry, but I worked tech support at a company that made liquid ring vac pumps like that.  

No the seal water isn't in the kiln, but the seal water is in contact with the vapor stream coming out of the kiln.  Most will pass through as vapor, but some will condense in the colder seal water causing the issue you see.  Nature of the beast.  

Still the best option for a vac pump out there by a mile.  Anything else either has a premature failure or is very expensive.  Liquid rings are perfect for this as they are cheap, reliable, and handle vapors very well.   ;)
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Re: Vacutherm iDry input
« Reply #388 on: January 06, 2020, 12:20:10 PM »
I had vacuum pump controller fail just before Christmas. I left on

 vacation for 2 weeks. I called IDRY last week and a new part was sent, I installed on Saturday. I had to wait until this morning for Brian to program the unit. The kiln fired  right up with the new programming.
Great customer service! 
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Re: Vacutherm iDry input
« Reply #389 on: January 07, 2020, 12:16:12 PM »
Not from I-Dry, but I worked tech support at a company that made liquid ring vac pumps like that.  

No the seal water isn't in the kiln, but the seal water is in contact with the vapor stream coming out of the kiln.  Most will pass through as vapor, but some will condense in the colder seal water causing the issue you see.  Nature of the beast.  

Still the best option for a vac pump out there by a mile.  Anything else either has a premature failure or is very expensive.  Liquid rings are perfect for this as they are cheap, reliable, and handle vapors very well.   ;)
Thanks for the response. At least I know that it's working as it should.
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JD 4520 w/FEL
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