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my drying kiln for firewood and lumber

Discussion in 'Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment' started by woodchuckcanuck, Apr 16, 2019.

  1. woodchuckcanuck

    woodchuckcanuck ArboristSite Member

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    Its taken a while to get to this stage but we're almost there. Drawbridge style door for loading and off loading.



    Each 32"x96" rolling cart can fit two pallets of firewood, equal to 1/2 cord.

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    4seasons ArboristSite Guru

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    Way more complex than the idea I had for a kiln.
    I didn't see your heat source.
     
  3. woodchuckcanuck

    woodchuckcanuck ArboristSite Member

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    Heat source is a Nyle L200M.
     
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    That’s an expensive unit, quick check lists it at over $7k.
     
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    panolo Seldom right...Always opinionated!

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    Cool!
     
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    We have a kiln setup with a Nyle DH4000. Looks to be the same as the 200, just and older model. (Kiln has been in place for ~15 years) It was put in for lumber, but I needed to get firewood dry for bundles faster than the usual air drying.

    Decided to try using the kiln to see how it would work.

    Was able to fit about 5 cords in bulk bags. (16 bags) Kiln is about 300sq ft. It took about 3 weeks to dry it, cost about $600 in electricity. (Might sound expensive, but I decided that having bundles, even if selling only at a slight profit was better than not having having and loosing customers)


    Max temp on the kiln we have is pretty low. I think it can do 160*, but the dehumidifier will shut down on anything over 120* or so.

    From what I've been reading, an actual firewood specific kiln goes around 200*. Apparently at those temps, they can dry a load of wood in just a few days.

    Lumber needs to dry slow or it case hardens and splits, where firewood doesn't matter.
     
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    millalien ArboristSite Lurker

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    Very clever. I've seen the pallets-on-rails on kilns elsewhere for side-loading instead of the big front-load doors, but not drawbridge. Why the drawbridge instead of hinge-mount conventional doors and an off-loading platform on the door apron of some kind?
     
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    woodchuckcanuck ArboristSite Member

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    Because the area in front of the kiln needs to be free of structure, its the only way in and out of the work yard.
     
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    That’s a nice looking kiln. The Film was boring tho lol
     

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