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Thread: Walk in cooler== bowl kiln

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    Walk in cooler== bowl kiln

    I recently bought an old elks lodge and the back part of the building (19k sq ft) is a large area where my new shop is. Iím all set up and Iím focusing on small non profit woodturning classes for kids and adults.

    Now my question
    There is a large walk in beer cooler thatís not being used at all. Itís very well insulated of course. What would I have to do to make this a functioning kiln???

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    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Inver Grove Heights, MN
    No real experience in this, but I would think all you would need is a small heat source that was easily controlled and some ventilation, which also needs to be controllable. Depending on the climate where you are you might also consider a dehumidifier. Sounds like a fun project and a great resource for the community. Good luck.

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    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Shenandoah Valley in Virginia
    Contact Nyle, they make equipment for kilns and are great to talk to...

    A walk in cooler has most of the expense of a good dehumidification system already completed..
    Basically all you would need is a small nyle dehumidifier (the heat needed is generated while running the dehumidifier) and a few fans ..

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    Awesome. Thanks guys. Will check into this right away.

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    Sorry, I misunderstood.
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    Join Date
    Apr 2018
    Cambridge Vermont
    If space isn't at a premium and to save money I would think a simple 1500w ceramic heater connected to a thermostat would work just fine. Maybe have a fan going to help circulate the air and if you felt it was needed a cheap dehumidifier.

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    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Abbotsford B.C.
    A local business supplying turning wood both locally and to the Rockler stores in the U.S.A.
    Dries their wood in a large well sealed room with just a few floor stand fans and a few dehumidifiers. No heat source.
    Fans and dehumidifiers are on timed cycles, this works very well for solid turning blocks. I would estimate that the size of the room is at least 2000 sq.ft. As dry blocks are removed other wet or green wood blocks are added into the room so there is always a mix of dry, partially dry and green wet wood in the room at the same time.
    Last edited by John Spitters; 02-08-2019 at 11:54 AM.

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    All great answers. I certainly appreciate it. Someone did mention and exhaust fan. That might be the only hiccup. As currently there is none in the walk in

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    The dehumidifier type kilns give you wood like air dried, or the vacuum kilns, well solar kilns too rather than the standard 'kill' dried woods. You can take an 8/4 board and rip it on your bandsaw and get no warp, cup, or twist. If you rip a board on your table saw, you get shavings, not dust. Just like with bowls, every piece and species of wood is different...

    robo hippy

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