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Re: The kiln is operational
« Reply #60 on: July 21, 2014, 05:29:08 PM »
Got the first load in for the year.   800 bf of 1x8's and another 25 smaller 1x's all 12 footers.    All pine with some of it already air dried a little.

 

 

I am hoping to get down to 8-10% in about 10 days or so.     

I forgot to check moister % before closing it all up but will do so first thing tomorrow.

These are the ones in that earlier photo that I plan to use for flooring if the  turn out good.

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Re: The kiln is operational
« Reply #61 on: July 21, 2014, 05:32:22 PM »
Picture perfect!

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« Reply #62 on: July 21, 2014, 05:48:57 PM »
Agree with Den, looks to be a picture perfect job of placing stickers for drying. smiley_thumbsup

Thanks for the pic.
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Re: The kiln is operational
« Reply #63 on: July 21, 2014, 08:24:20 PM »
Very nice.

You are brave to post a pic of a stickered stack  :D.

You did good. 
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« Reply #64 on: July 22, 2014, 10:01:07 AM »
Well thanks........   You do know Brave and Stupid are real close together.

I actually was looking at the pic thinking......Oh @#%$ there are a few off the mark.

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« Reply #65 on: July 22, 2014, 08:23:20 PM »
matt, the picture makes me understand what we talked about on the phone today.   Thanks for your telephone time and great job on your kiln.         ed

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Re: The kiln is operational First load of 2015
« Reply #66 on: May 22, 2015, 09:38:01 PM »
I got my first load of wood for the season in a few weeks ago.  The weather hasn't cooperated very well.    It is a small load as I did not wait for more boards.  Works out good as the next load is all ready to go in.    Sunday morning will be unload and reload day.

Today it got up to 133 with 1%RH on the front side of kiln, I measure the heat as it is blown down and into the wood.   Very happy to see it that hot as It only got up to about 67 in the shade today.   For some reason my temp gauge on the back of the stack was not working(thinking I need ne batteries) but it was looking good yesterday with only about a 15 degree drop and a low RH.

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Re: The kiln is operational
« Reply #67 on: May 22, 2015, 09:57:03 PM »
Indeed, nice stickering.

I am just a bit curious...will the vent openings have lids or covers so that you can open or close them as much as needed?

Let me assume that you have the fans blowing from top back toward the front.  So, a little (the key is a little) cool air will enter through the vents on the back top.  Then this air will mix with the rest of the air in the kiln as it travels down toward the front and will be heated by solar heat.  Now, if you have vents in the front, some of this air that is ready to do some drying will exit the vents before it does any drying.  It might be best to have the exit vents on the bottom rear, in which case the exit air will have just left the pile after doing a bit of drying.  Make sense?

The more venting, the cooler the air and the more it will be like outdoors.  Oftentimes, if the humidity does not get too high, we prefer to maximize heat, so venting is not a lot.  However, a lot of heat at very high humidity is not the best drying situation for many white colored woods, but would work well for many oaks, if the temperature is jot too hot, and will work well to achieving the low final MC.
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Re: The kiln is operational
« Reply #68 on: May 22, 2015, 11:35:56 PM »
Gene I really do appreciate your comments as it helps me a ton.

Yes the vent openings do have covers and I can open them all the way or close them down tight.

You are correct about the fans.    I have no front vents at this point.   I was going to make vents in the doors near the bottom(as your just stated) but have not done that at this point.   

When the wood goes in I keep the top vents about 3/4 open(most of the wood gets air dried some first) so I can get the humidity out.   As my reading show that the humidity is going down I close the vents down some.

Today reading the vents where almost closed as I knew that the wood was becoming dryer and the humidity was low.   I am sure that is why I was able to get such Hot temps on a cool day.    I really try to know where my wood is at before I close up the vents.   I often open the kiln in the morning and take check the wood with a moisture meter. 

The one reason I have not bothered with additional vents is because I am drying almost only Red Pine and occasionally some white pine.

Thank you again...that last paragraph really helps me understand.

Matt
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