+1 on what Bob said, plus there is a water resistant drywall required by building code here for bathrooms and wet areas, they usually have green or bluish paper on them. If yours is not that type, it may take a while for the drywall and humidity to stabilize due to absorption of the drywall if moisture is passing past the foam. I’ve also noticed that to some extent when I first put dry leaf in the kiln the humidity will be slow to rise due to the absorption of the leaf. Once the leaf moisture stabilizes the humidity will attain proper humidity more quickly and not fluctuate so much or require as much water.Anybody has an idea what is normal water consumption by the humidifier in the kiln? There is 120 F, but the humidity is only 63 % and growing very slowly. I can still turn humidifier on maximum, but then I will have to add water every 12 hours or so.
Have I mentioned how glad I am I don't live in Canada again in the last two minutes? Icicles on a kiln, that's just wrong!!! How do you guys do it? It's 55 F on my back porch right now and I'm pretty sure I'm suffering from frost bite...Mine was about 4L/week, and I could see were it was escaping from around the door when the garage got below freezing as icicles would form. I eventually switched to storing tobacco in large brewing buckets, and got rid of the need for a humidifier altogether.
Well, the whole thing was Styrofoam sealed with aluminum tape. Except the door. The door surround had gaskets and wood, n stuff, and I pretty much knew that it was the door, and you know how it is. Add some gasket material and then it starts leaking somewheres else.Have I mentioned how glad I am I don't live in Canada again in the last two minutes? Icicles on a kiln, that's just wrong!!! How do you guys do it? It's 55 F on my back porch right now and I'm pretty sure I'm suffering from frost bite...
A bright light inside of the kiln in a pitch black room might be useful for checking for leaks - in more hospitable climates anyway
A borzoi is a beautiful dog! And the heat retention in your kiln is very impressive. I'm certain mine wouldn't keep like that.Yes, it comes out by the door. Last evening there were water drops around the door handles. I unplugged all the things, went to sleep, (120 F) last evening, This morning it was on 85 F inside and 55 F outside. It is not a zero-building, but it holds some warmth. I will fill the holes, that I can find and see what happen. My plants are still in the garden, I have time.
The drywall is the one for bathroom use.
Reading about Canadian climate and about hunting I know my borzoi (Russian wolfhound) would be happy there, me not so much, but still it is better to have a real winter, than that muddy mess we have last years.
I think every years increase in age creates a proportional drop in perceived temperatureA borzoi is a beautiful dog! And the heat retention in your kiln is very impressive. I'm certain mine wouldn't keep like that.
So, I'm sitting here reading my textbook outside, while smoking, jeans and a sweater, and I realized I was shivering at 47°F. It dawned on me that a part of not being cold is grit, and another part is ignoring it. I didn't realize I was cold until I noticed the shivering and the numbness in my hands. Being hydrated is also a thing.
Being hydrated with vodka helps a lot.... As for as numbness, my fingers go numb exactly 20 minutes after the first meal of the day in room temperature. I have to swear loud to move my blood around and be able to do something. If I am yoga teacher, i could do it other more positive way, but I am not.I didn't realize I was cold until I noticed the shivering and the numbness in my hands. Being hydrated is also a thing.
True, old & cold.
I was not that far with my fridge. I used just freezer on the top of the fridge with 60 W lightbulb inside. There was just enough space for 10 jars. The fridge was all rusty and the door was not perfectly fitting. I tried to use it as a kiln, but there was not enough space for humidifier and 250 W terrarium heat-bulb, it was not safe. I didn't know about the necessity of having fan inside at the time. It was too many problems.My kiln is a converted standard refrigerator, with a crockpot for heat/RH, and a lid on the crockpot (offset) to control humidity.
I use simple hand-touching of the leaf to determine the proper case of the leaf, whenever i need to add water to the crockpot.
It has 3 small 'computer' fans inside to circulate air, running 24/7, for uniform heat/RH throughout.
An 1 1/2 inch segment of PVC pipe is installed near bottom of the kiln for intake of fresh air, with a ball of window screen inside to prevent bugs/rodents entry. Near the top of the kiln is a 1/2" PVC pipe exhaust, with a valve for air control.
Simple adjustment of the crockpot lid and exhaust valve is used to control humidity, dependent on amount & density of leaf.
Temperature is controlled by a Ranco ETC-111000 on the crockpot on/off power.
I had this running for months each year, and it works terrific, whether for fermenting or flue-curing.
I would use three 60W bulbs, either with a controller, or thermostat, rather than a hundred. That would give you redundancy so if one bulb burns out, the two remaining bulbs will still allow you to reach the desired temperature.
What is the purpose of the vents for kilning? It would seem like a waste of heat and humidity but yours could be better insulated than mine. Just curious.I have an upright old freezer for my kiln, and a crockpot for heat/humidity. Fresh air intake is a 2-inch pipe near the bottom, and a 1/2-inch pipe for exhaust near the top. The lid on the crockpot is offset slightly to increase the RH. I have no problems maintaining proper case of leaf & heat/RH to ferment tobacco or even flue-curing.