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    I'm looking for plans for a small kiln that uses a lightbulb for heat and a small (Computer type) fan for circulation. I have a box made that is about 30" wide, 23" tall and 15 " deep. I have seen several of this typ of kiln but can't seem to remember just how the fan and lightbulb work for this application. any one know of plans out there somewhere.

    Thanks.

    -d
    Dick Shryock
    On the rock bound coast of Maine

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    I think i remember seeing someone using an old refrigerator, can't recall what they had done with it but they had a light bulb hanging inside and a series of vents cut into the bottom and top of the door to control air circulation.

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    Dick, I am traveling but will be home by the end of the week. I will send you the link Kieth is talking about. It is pretty detailed and you may be able to apply it to your box.
    Lou
    Medford, MA.

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    Remember that a kiln is about moisture, NOT heat. That's what you need to monitor and regulate. Otherwise you're just tossing things into a box and wishing. Fortunately, wood is pretty forgiving.

    Start with a hygrometer. Taking it various places around your garage or basement may show you what a fine "kiln" you already posses if you care to move the pieces rather than adjust the humidity with them in one place.
    Stand clear, rest near, and cut the wood as it wishes to be cut.

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    Buy Fine Woodworkings book, Wood and How to Dry it. It has a couple of articles that will be of value here.

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    Thanks to all for your suggestions. I have just ordered severl book from Amazon including Wood and How to Dry it

    Thanks again-d
    Dick Shryock
    On the rock bound coast of Maine

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    Quote Originally Posted by dick.shryock View Post
    Thanks to all for your suggestions. I have just ordered severl book from Amazon including Wood and How to Dry it

    Thanks again-d
    While you're waiting, read the free sources which cover the subject. at http://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/index.php Start with The Wood Handbook so you can read the gee-whiz stuff with a bit of science as backdrop.
    Stand clear, rest near, and cut the wood as it wishes to be cut.

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    A moderator on another forum I frequent has plans that he sells for a DIY kiln. You can check out his website at:

    http://nelsonwoodworks.biz/pb/wp_395..._395bc3fb.html

    A real nice guy who has his own sawmill.

    John

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    If you are drying bowl blanks or helping the oil dry, go to Home D or Lowes and buy one of their meat smokers for about $40, a 40m watt bulb, a tool replacement cord and a porcelain light fixture. Attach the cord to the fixture with the bulb, attach the fixture to a piece of plywood and put it into the bottom of the smoker. You end up with two shelves to put your stuff on. Mine works fine.
    Jim Keenan

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    I have been successfully using a bowl drying kiln made from a repurposed upright freezer. The key is to heat the wood slowly. In this kiln the heat source as well as the source of the airflow is a light bulb. You start with a 40 watt bulb and build to a 75 watt bulb. You can follow the link below to an online article or read Woodturning Design Issue #24 page 13-15 for more information.

    http://www.rudieswoodwork.com/kiln.htm
    Ted Rudie

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