Diy wood kiln. The big pile of green wood in front cost the same as the tiny pile of kiln dried wood behind me. But now it needs to be dried. You found some green wood for cheap or free great.
Requests for small scale lumber dry kiln plans from woodworking hobbyists. Kiln drying your own wood at home can be a great way to sustainably harvest the materials around you and dry it fast enough to build furniture with. But a wood kiln is not any of those things.
If furniture is made with wood that is too wet it will continue to dry and crack possibly ruining the piece. For small operations there is a large amount of information available on solar kiln design and operation. Building a small scale lumber dry kiln there are many different kiln designs including solar dehumidification direct or indirect fired and vacuum kilns.
If youre into woodworking take a step toward a more self reliant living by building a homemade solar lumber kiln includes construction information materials and diagram. Scott bowe patrick molzahn brian bond richard bergman terry mace and steve hubbard. Heres how i built a quick and dirty solar kiln for less than 100.
Cut the wood slightly. With this kiln you really can set it and forget it while your wood dries you can get back to your shop or other interests. A hallmark of poorly processed do it yourself lumber is the presence of spalted or partially rotted wood.
People hear the word kiln and immediately shy away assuming something that is too expensive complex or massive.