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olddawgsrule
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Posted - October 13 2014 :  11:53:34  Show Profile  Visit olddawgsrule's Homepage Send olddawgsrule a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've cleaned up the 'Spreadsheet' file and have it in my 'Drop Box' account.
Once again, I've built it in Open Office because it's free to all of us, yet it will work in Excel for those that have.

PM me with your interest and I'll send you the link.



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olddawgsrule
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Posted - October 14 2014 :  16:13:34  Show Profile  Visit olddawgsrule's Homepage Send olddawgsrule a Private Message  Reply with Quote
On another of my favorite sites, a few that have are joining in to the discussion.

Here's what one has used for a few years now and getting some very good results.


Another, from the UK, is a processor of wood and has takin it a bit further by curving the top.
By making the ridge curved he is creating a natural air flow towards the ends.
How cool is that!

The picture is from an individual in the US and using fans to dry 6 cords (US) for home use each year. Balance of his unit he uses as the Greenhouse it was designed for.

The individual in the UK is processing, to the best I can figure 50-60 cord (US) in his version of the same in 3 months. With no fans.

I'm impressed!



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olddawgsrule
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Posted - November 01 2014 :  16:12:12  Show Profile  Visit olddawgsrule's Homepage Send olddawgsrule a Private Message  Reply with Quote
First 'solid burn' today of the new wood.
I've done a couple of smalls to break-in the stove for the season, but today was the first 'real' burn.

I'm impressed!
It's a bit wetter than my left-over supply, believing that to be a real 12-15%, but a very good burn.
No sizzling, which would mean over 25% and can shut down half way, typically I can shut down 3/4's for the same burn.

I believe my factor/system is working!

Now if I could only get a few more days of sun!!!
This rain is just killing me..
Well, not helping the cause..



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49er
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Posted - November 02 2014 :  09:02:30  Show Profile Send 49er a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi ODR

Well in 2 days you will get the weather I have now and you will get the sun but it was 21f this morning. Wife very much likes HER pellet stove.
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olddawgsrule
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Posted - November 02 2014 :  15:17:44  Show Profile  Visit olddawgsrule's Homepage Send olddawgsrule a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The 'off-shore' storm now killing me, is headed into the Maritimes and will bring some sun soon! Thankfully!

The Kiln is running the strongest, but with a <30mph blow out there and some rain.. I'll await a better day to rotate wood.

The BBB is running the worst and sampled a back piece today.. Sizzled.. Meaning still too wet.

The S&G cover.. Is surprising me.
Took a piece out of the middle of the pile and it burned as it should.

This has been an interesting experiment, though it was of need, educational for me.
I now have direction based upon fact.



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olddawgsrule
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Posted - March 28 2015 :  09:00:46  Show Profile  Visit olddawgsrule's Homepage Send olddawgsrule a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My little (face-cord dryer) Display Case performed wonderfully this season. I rotated wood though it all winter.

Much has to do with the size and the sun being directly on the wood.
I do feel, if there where areas of no wood (air space, like the BBB has) or a back row (not in direct sunlight, again like the BBB), performance would have lacked.

My intention is to purchase a Green House style shed like pictured above. Thought is to 'curtain' off behind the stack and contain the stack in a smaller area. Because of the amount of wood I put up each year, I'm still anticipating having to rotate the stacks. (Would really like to get away from that.. LOL..)


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olddawgsrule
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Posted - August 01 2015 :  12:20:12  Show Profile  Visit olddawgsrule's Homepage Send olddawgsrule a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well, the 'greenhouse shed' is not happening...
Wifie is against something that big blocking her view of the back '3'..

Trying to talk her into a 12ft version..
Wish me luck!

Anywho.. Second run in the Solar Kiln just went in.
First took 3 weeks.
Fresh cut to 14%, not bad!
But that was birch and easier to dry..
This load is maple.
Cut probably 2 months ago and I'm figuring about 38% moisture.
All factors are now by weight, just so you know.

Let's see what 3 weeks does on this run!
Also gives me some time gather some more...
Have about 1/3 of my need gathered, much better then last year!!

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49er
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Posted - August 01 2015 :  12:34:28  Show Profile Send 49er a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi ODR

That's good to here and you are starting earlier. If the 12' doesn't fly HF has the little 6x8 when on sale is 199.. mine is good with a little tweaking. ALWAYS LOL

Doug
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olddawgsrule
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Posted - August 01 2015 :  16:08:26  Show Profile  Visit olddawgsrule's Homepage Send olddawgsrule a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The 24ft'er I was looking at had everything she wanted, allowed me to stack and not have to move again until burn-time and 'fit-the-bill' shall we say...

Me thinks I have to go back to the tactics when I bought the wood splitter and she bucked me...
"Here's the maul. You split some!"
"I can't pick that up!"
"Really? And you think I want too?"
"That's your pile, this one's mine."
"Buy the dam thing.."

She happily runs the power arm now.
I happily do the balance.

6x8... I'd need 3...
LOL!!!


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olddawgsrule
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Posted - August 08 2015 :  18:22:52  Show Profile  Visit olddawgsrule's Homepage Send olddawgsrule a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Did I get logged in?
New security?

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olddawgsrule
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Posted - August 23 2015 :  15:20:37  Show Profile  Visit olddawgsrule's Homepage Send olddawgsrule a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Maple.. Well that's taking longer.
It's been 3 weeks and I'm at 22%
One more week and I believe it's ready to change out.

Had a half & half week of sun and rain.
No bad for a 5% loss this week!

Made some small changes to the unit.
Since I'm going earlier and temps are 'so' much higher (like burying the thermometer), I've opened the top 1" bigger to release the air.
I was at 3/8", now at 1 3/8".

Even with this, I'm still pegging the thermometer..
Guess I have to buy one that will go beyond 120F..

I have seen no moisture build-up on the glass (been watching for this, actually anywhere within).
If I see it, it means I'm collecting and not releasing.

I'm really liking this little unit!





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olddawgsrule
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Posted - August 30 2015 :  07:21:43  Show Profile  Visit olddawgsrule's Homepage Send olddawgsrule a Private Message  Reply with Quote
1 month to 18%.. not bad!

Time to switch out the load.

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49er
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Posted - September 03 2015 :  11:23:54  Show Profile Send 49er a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi ODR

Looks like you have a very good system at last. Keep up the good work for you will get more snow this year and need the dry wood.

Doug
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olddawgsrule
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Posted - September 03 2015 :  17:39:52  Show Profile  Visit olddawgsrule's Homepage Send olddawgsrule a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hope so! I do so love snowshoein'!

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olddawgsrule
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Posted - September 13 2015 :  17:06:11  Show Profile  Visit olddawgsrule's Homepage Send olddawgsrule a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Haven' a hard time not buyin' this..

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Wifey is pretty upset over the huts I now have..
But.. This works and it's cheap...

I think I could stack 2 cord in there, with some additional support.
And gain additional drying..

I'm reading a 1.5 cord without over stacking..

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Posted - September 19 2015 :  15:40:48  Show Profile  Visit olddawgsrule's Homepage Send olddawgsrule a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Workin' on another theory that wifey may be happier with..
So far so good!
Details to come, but it follows the success of the Solar kiln and the simple cover.
It just makes sense!

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49er
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Posted - September 21 2015 :  15:10:00  Show Profile Send 49er a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi ODR

The problem with that type of unit ay least here is it blows to much and have taken down all the temp sheds that I have ever put up. This green house has been though it all and is still standing. LOL cross my fingers.

Doug
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olddawgsrule
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Posted - September 21 2015 :  17:07:10  Show Profile  Visit olddawgsrule's Homepage Send olddawgsrule a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My Sis lives due west of you and says the same.
I tell her she needs some trees! LOL!





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olddawgsrule
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Posted - December 09 2015 :  17:55:15  Show Profile  Visit olddawgsrule's Homepage Send olddawgsrule a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Been a while since I've updated.
Started the new test in September, ya late but wanted to see what it would do.

Fresh cut to 24%.
This is Red Oak I'm working with, not the easiest to dry.
Also I'm only reading half way down the stack.
More results as the season progresses to see what the bottom of the stack reveals.

Pictures will follow, but basically it's a single stack system, cover with plastic and open at the bottom and expanded at the top to allow air to pass.
Openings at the ends, close to 1/8th of the bottom area to allow air to move.
Concave curve at the top cover (a suggestion of a friend from another forum) to allow heat build up to move freely.

I've played with a few ideas of spanning the plastic so it doesn't touch the wood (condensation is our enemy) and have a simple idea I'm working on.

The goal is 18% max to be burnable.
Came close.. Probably needed another month earlier.

I'll get into greater details as I see what the lower sections read and if they equal results I'm seeing so far.

For those doing the same.
Single row stack, cover and allow air to move!
Be certain to 'ground cover' not allow that moisture to enter.

Stay warm my friends!
Winter's coming!


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