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Drying firewood in a temporary solar kiln: a case study.Author(s): George R. Sampson; Anthony F. Gasbarro
Source: Res. Note PNW-RN-450. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 8 p
Publication Series: Research Note (RN)
Station: Pacific Northwest Research Station
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DescriptionA pilot study was undertaken to determine drying rates for small diameter, unsplit paper birch firewood that was dried: (1) in a conventional top-covered pile; (2) in a simple, temporary solar kiln; and (3) in tree length. Drying rates were the same for firewood piles whether they were in the temporary solar kilns or only covered on top to keep rain or snow from entering the pile. Trees that were severed at the stump and left to dry in tree length form, complete with branches and leaves, however, dried slower than firewood cut to length, stacked, and top-covered or placed in the temporary solar kilns.
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CitationSampson, George R.; Gasbarro, Anthony F. 1986. Drying firewood in a temporary solar kiln: a case study. Res. Note PNW-RN-450. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 8 p
KeywordsKiln drying (solar), drying rate, firewood, paper birch, Betula papyrifera, Alaska (interior), interior Alaska
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