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Kiln Chamber
« on: March 12, 2004, 04:34:01 PM »
I have  been thinking of the Nyle 200 and would like to know how to build an efficient kiln chamber for the amount of lumber it is capable of drying? ???
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Re: Kiln Chamber
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2004, 04:55:57 PM »
10 bucks for a set of kiln chamber plans from Nyle.  They include both the L50 & L200 plans plus plans for kiln carts.  I think this would be the place to start. :)

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Re: Kiln Chamber
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2004, 05:24:09 AM »
Yep, the ones Nyle sells are pretty good. Don't scrimp on the door seals thou. Mine is end loading and wish I'd built it so it loaded from the sides, like the one Brian Bailey has. I use a pallet jack for moving the stacks around.

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Re: Kiln Chamber
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2004, 08:58:48 AM »

If you are buying the L-200 from Nyle they include the drawings for free.  This is what Nyle told me when I was doing my manufacture research.

I am considering building my kiln to allow end loading with a cart.  The plans with a materials list for carts are included from Nyle with the L-200, the wheels are about $35 each.

I have heard of one operation using a cable and pully to load the kiln.  I like this idea, this way I can use my tractor to load and unload.

What type of material is best for the door seal??

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Re: Kiln Chamber
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2004, 09:41:34 AM »

Can't say what makes the best door seal.

I've been using foam pipe insulation for 3/4" pipe you can get at the hardware store.
My kiln doors swing, so I attach the foam tube so it will compress and seal the door when it closes. Seals the doors right up and it's cheap.
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Re: Kiln Chamber
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2018, 08:39:44 PM »
Anybody built a kiln out of 4x6 or 6x8 cants?
Got a lot of logs that would be perfect for this
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Re: Kiln Chamber
« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2018, 11:53:04 AM »
Used fire hose (fabric style) makes an excellent gasket.

NYLE used to sell the plans and then if you bought a unit, you would get a full plan refund.

Regarding the kiln structure, a few hints...
As electric heating is used, it is an expensive form of heat.  So, insulated walls, doors and roof are really worthwhile.  The roof does not need more insulation than the walls...both need a lot.  The floor should also be insulated, which Id done by using perimeter 2" thick rigid foam insulation.  The insulation is put in a trench about 24" deep immediately around the outside edge or perimeter of the floor.

Also, consider using a smooth small entry ramp to get into the kiln rather than a large bump.  But do not design this so water runs into the kiln.  Where snowy or icy, consider a deflector over the door to prevent freezing at the top.

The door size is really important...the size is based on the opening you need to load the lumber with the equipment (fork lift) you have, especially the height of the mast.  Make sure you have a secure way to hold the doors open so that the wind does not damage them when loading or unloading.

A kiln is a confined space, so it requires an emergency exit or two.  Adding one or two lights will be beneficial.

If you have a wet bulb, consider a trench in the floor to catch drips and overflow rather than letting the water run all over the floor.

If the kiln is wood, make sure that nails and screws are stainless and will,not rust.

If you make money in a kiln, remember at tax time that it is a piece of equipment.
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Re: Kiln Chamber
« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2018, 10:40:32 AM »
Stump Jumper

Stan from Nyle here.
The link below is for the L200 manual and it has the chamber plans inside. If you have any questions you can call me at 800-777-6953 ext 212. :)
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