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Building a small-scale lumber dry kiln

There are many different kiln designs, including solar, dehumidification, direct or indirect fired and vacuum kilns. For small operations, there is a large amount of information available on solar kiln design and operation. However, solar lumber kilns are not effective for large portions of the calendar year in northern climates due to cold winter temperatures.

Small-scale lumber dry kilnThese small-scale kiln plans [PDF] produce quality kiln-dried lumber, is functional throughout the year and is reasonably inexpensive to build. It can be constructed with common building materials from the local lumber yard and hardware store. The klin is powered with a common basement dehumidifier, electric heater and four attic fans.

Last Revised: Thursday July 02 2015