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Old 20-08-09   #1 (permalink)
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firewood kiln - How do you build one? does anyone know

trying to source a cheap way to build a firewood drying kiln - anyone know how to build a cheap one - or any ideas
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Re: firewood kiln - How do you build one? does anyone know

I have to ask.

Why?

Kiln dried fire wood might burn hotter & you will get more heat per kg of wood but the wood you start with will weigh less when you sell it & it will have used up energy to do so. Ok you can sell it for more but its cost you more to process. Then the buyer will store it outside & it will re absorb moisture till its the same as air dried any way.

It just makes no sense to me. Air dry it for long enough.

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logbaron where you based in staffs?
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the above is true....(BUT) if you where to sell all your wood kiln dried, i bet you would sell out alot faster than selling normal firewood or (logs)...

iv been there and done it. the down side to this is, (hours worked) keeping the kiln going and checking on the product....not to mention you can only get so much in a kiln...which can be a pain in the bottom if you have loads of orders
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Have to say why? Waste of energy and probably not that cost effective unless you sell in small bags direct at top dollar. Best spend a little time building a decent off ground racking system somwhere windy.
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Shipping container? or, as I do it, in between 2 shipping containers with a roof over the top and the wind howling through!
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trying to source a cheap way to build a firewood drying kiln - anyone know how to build a cheap one - or any ideas
We have an old freezer container (8 inch insulatoin) with 3 dehumidifiers and 3 heaters, running off a waste vege oil generator. Drys firewood to 25% in 6 days. The firewood is cut into plastic storage boxes that are stacked 2 high by 8 long running on rails for easy loading / unloading.
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We have an old freezer container (8 inch insulatoin) with 3 dehumidifiers and 3 heaters, running off a waste vege oil generator. Drys firewood to 25% in 6 days. The firewood is cut into plastic storage boxes that are stacked 2 high by 8 long running on rails for easy loading / unloading.
That is very impressive!!
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Ours is stacked outside under cover with open sides & has dried to 22% for no costs. & its only taken a few months. Why waste energy? Time is free (ish).
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