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What do you use as weight
« on: December 14, 2006, 06:37:44 PM »
What have you guys found that works well for weight on the lumber stack in the kiln?
We recently bought a DH kiln and have been torn as what to use as weight.
Your experience and expertice would be appreciated. ;)
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Re: What do you use as weight
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2006, 07:17:15 PM »
I use railroad rail in 13' lengths since my kiln is built for 12'+ lumber. Got it long before scrap prices made them worth much. Rail is classified by its weight per yard of length. I'm using 80 lb. rail, but I hope to upgrade to 130 lb rail in the future.
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Re: What do you use as weight
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2006, 07:42:44 PM »
I filled a bunch of 24" plastic planters with concrete.  not sure how well the concrete would hold up in a kiln, though.
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Re: What do you use as weight
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2006, 07:03:10 AM »
I don't have a kiln, but in my air dry shed I built the stringers in the roof extra beefy and when it's full I use 12 ton jacks to apply the proper pressure. Works good......until ya need a jack... :D :D :D
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Re: What do you use as weight
« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2006, 01:37:08 PM »
I wanted to use RR iron, but can not find it in the DC area......

So, I am using retaining wall concrete blocks.  You can pick them up at your local Lowes or HD.
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Re: What do you use as weight
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2006, 07:39:24 PM »
I've been strapping my piles down with the rachet tie down straps. I check the tension about once a month.

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Re: What do you use as weight
« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2006, 10:45:24 PM »
My Kiln is is the building stage, but I plan on building some 2x8 frames with a wood bottom and fill it with concrete. 71/2" is about 115lbs per SF. My frames will be 4'x4' and 4'x6' to allow for different lengths of lumber. Oh yea, I have a forklift...
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Re: What do you use as weight
« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2006, 11:07:16 PM »
Welcome to the Forestry Forum Justin! 8)
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Re: What do you use as weight
« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2006, 03:39:25 AM »
I also plan on using large rachet straps. 

I embedded 8 flush mounted re-rod loops into the concrete when we poured it yesterday.  I like the idea of using tension springs along with the straps so they self adjust during the drying process.  These large springs might be hard to find though.  I will see how this works out ....


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Re: What do you use as weight
« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2006, 07:12:07 AM »
Thanks for the responses.  We have considered straps but the way are kiln is designed, that would be hard to incorporate.  The RR rails sounds like that is doable.  That is something we had not thought of.
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Re: What do you use as weight
« Reply #10 on: December 17, 2006, 07:41:16 PM »
Thanks Brad! I thought it looked like a good place to hang out & share some of my hairbrained ideas :)
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Re: What do you use as weight
« Reply #11 on: December 17, 2006, 07:59:10 PM »


I use solid concrete blocks which are readily available and inexpensive and if I need more I can get them easily.  They are reusable and can be stored outside if needed.  I just put another row of stickers on the wood and place my blocks on top of them.  You can use as many as you want.  It has helped a lot with the top boards in the stack staying flat and straight.  I also usually try to put the lowest quality boards right on top of the stack.
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Re: What do you use as weight
« Reply #12 on: December 17, 2006, 08:08:54 PM »
That sounds like a very good idea Dewwood. The boards at the top seem to take the must abuse.
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Re: What do you use as weight
« Reply #13 on: December 17, 2006, 08:43:37 PM »
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I also usually try to put the lowest quality boards right on top of the stack.

I do this as well, but I use the same top row of boards for every load.  I guess they are a sacrficial row of poor quaility boards to take the abuse of the concrete block.
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