The Value of Heat
Some like it hot – but the Hyla Woods team does not. Though we are champion “heat wimps”, our work at our mill and kiln teaches us the value of heat. This has been one of our best summers yet for using our solar kiln to dry green (wet!) lumber into high quality products. Using less than a dollar a day of electricity to run the fans that circulate the hot air, the kiln captures the sun’s energy and puts it to work in drying the lumber. As the photo shows, the kiln is running full bore. On the far left is thick, live edged, oak lumber air drying for a local furniture company. Beside it, having just completed the drying cycle, is 3,500 board feet of premium fir. The doors are being slide shut on 3,500 board feet of oak headed toward becoming our next batch of end grained cutting boards in time for the holidays. And on the far right fir planking is being air dried before being used for the rebuilding of a deck. At the mill and kiln it has been a busy summer; as the days grow shorter we’ll work to squeeze as much wood drying power as we can from the life giving sun. Such is life in this land of “will it ever rain?!” and “will it ever stop raining?!”.
More information on this kiln and other solar kilns may be found here.