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Drying Lumber with a Solar Kiln

To be held at the Brooks Forest Products Center, Blacksburg, VA [map] 

On Friday May the 29th.


Registration fee: $130.00

For more information on this workshop contact:

Brian Bond
Associate Professor

For other information on the Brooks Forest Products Center


Drying Lumber with a Solar Kiln

This course is designed for the small scale woodworking facility or hobby woodworker. Information about how to design, modify, build and operate a solar based on the Virginia Tech design will be presented. Solar lumber drying provides a safe and economical way to dry lumber given limited knowledge and experience.

Workshop Information

Who Should Attend
  1. Small scale woodworking facility or hobby woodworker interested in drying lumber.
  2. Specifically those interested in dry lumber with solar energy or drying lumber using a low cost technology.
Course Information

Solar kiln design and construction

  • Plans and design criteria
  • Kiln limitations
  • How to modify to meet your needs
  • Basics of construction
  • Marketing Intelligence for Exports

Operation of the solar kiln

  • Air drying or green?
  • Measuring moisture content<
  • Running the kiln
  • Auxiliary heat
  • Stress in drying

Drying Defects and Maintaining Moisture Content of Dry Lumber

  • Avoiding common drying defects
  • Keeping kiln dried lumber dry
  • Running the kiln
Brian Bond, Associate Professor, Virginia Tech

Dr. Bond has extensive experience in working closely with the wood industry as an extension specialist and consultant in the areas of lumber drying, wood and moisture relations, and sawmill efficiency. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Wood Science and Forest Products at Virginia Tech. He provides extension programming for the hardwood industry, conducts drying research, and teaches a lumber manufacturing class to undergraduate students.
More information on Brian Bond


Each participant is responsible for his or her own transportation and lodging.

The closest airport is located 45 minutes away in Roanoke, VA (ROA); however, Charlotte, NC (CLT) is just under 3 hours away.




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