Solar wood drying shed, storage shelf plans free - For Begninners

Categories: Wooden Work Bench | Author: admin 18.10.2013

Locally sawn planks are piled for air drying and storage - note the chain saw marks - I love that!
For figured, thick, prized or check-prone wood, it’s best to start the drying process with the vents closed. I added a couple of remote sensors in the middle of the stack so I could tell when the wood was dry without having to open the kiln (Photo 5). When you’re done stacking your green wood, attach a plastic sheet to the bottom of the fan plenum and drape it over the stack (Fig. American Woodworker magazine was acquired by F+W Media (parent company of Popular Woodworking) in 2014. I have managed to obtain green wood at a lumberyard at a fraction of the price of dry wood.
Because the wood is protected from the elements, this solar kiln offers more control with much less chance of defects than air-drying provides.


This keeps the humidity in the kiln from dropping too quickly and slows the drying process. The big pile of green wood in front cost the same as the tiny pile of kiln-dried wood behind me. Insulation in the walls and floor helps the kiln retain heat, which helps speed the drying process. They are closed toward the end of the drying process to help maximize heat and get the wood down to the target 8 percent MC.
After the majority of the moisture is out of the wood, which usually takes a week or two, go ahead and shut the vents to maximize the temperature. Corrugated roofing manufacturers offer various solutions to this problem, such as wood strips cut to match the undulating roofline or strips of foam that conform to the corrugations. After the kiln is loaded, all that’s required is some minimal vent adjusting while the wood dries.


You may find it’s easiest to simply leave the vents closed all the time for thick or hard-to-dry wood. Moisture is drawn from the wood into the air and is vented outside through the vents or leaks out naturally through the kiln’s joints and seams. The surface of the wood gets wet and cool, relieving any drying stresses that built up during the day.



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