Q.  What do you know about solar heated lumber dry kilns?
 
 

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A.  I developed the so-called “Virginia Tech” solar kiln in 1978. There are hundreds, maybe thousands, of these throughout the world. Check the latest design publication at
 
 
 (Yes, there are two “pdf” at the end.) Let me know if you have any questions after you have read this article.
 
 
 
In general, a solar heated kiln is about 1000 BF capacity with about 3 loads a year. If you need more lumber, especially int he wintertime, consider different kiln, such as a dehumidifier powered kiln.

 

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