Drying Box ?
Posted 08 January 2008 - 09:04 PM
Resistor, Fixed Discrete and Arcol they have some nice ones and they are enclosed elements. The largest ones are water cooled so you could have a closed water circuit piping the heat to your cabinet and a small radiator in there.
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Posted 15 January 2008 - 08:22 PM
I turned it on at 4pm and at 7.30 the outside temp is 8C and internal temp is 18C I have built all the frames for the screens but I have not put any mesh on them yet, does the following link seem a reasonable price for mesh?
stainless steel mesh
Posted 15 January 2008 - 10:49 PM
hooo nice drying cabinet! turning your own rocket tooling and joinery! the mesh seems pricey, ive used a charcoal impregnated fiberglass mesh fly screen of ebay
Thanks, but it is not quite the height of joinery just a few bits of ply, a few screws and a bit of wood glue.
I will have a look around on ebay to see what I can come up with.
The cabinet is up to 37C now so it looks like a temperature controller may be needed.
What is the maximum temperature that a drying cab should be run at?
Posted 17 January 2008 - 01:50 PM
Posted 17 January 2008 - 02:36 PM
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Yep you can't be too carefull (at least one of each type), lets hope I never have to use them.
I have now taken delivery of my humidity sensor and the lower measuring limit is 20%. The temperature also seems to have stabilised at 36C and RH below 20%.
So the first question is can you dry stars to quickly?
I had a batch of cut Ruby Red, which have sat not drying for the last couple of weeks. I put them in the cab and they seemed to harden a bit in the first few hours, when I came to them this morning I could press them between my fingers and they would turn to dust. I cannot say whether they are fully dry yet, so I will keep an eye on them to see what happens. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.
Posted 17 January 2008 - 03:18 PM
Stars can be dried too fast. They may crack or with some comps the moisture gets "driven in" and is trapped inside the star while the outside is dry. I believe on passfire, they recommend air drying charcoal streamer type stars under normal conditions for a few days before putting them into the drying box.
Posted 17 January 2008 - 03:19 PM
I think in this case having a high humidity but higher temperature may help as the case will still be damp but drier than the inside layers. Otherwise it could just take ages still to dry them totally. My d1 takes ages to dry and untill they are totally dry there weak as hell right up to the last 2 or 3 days when they suddenly go rock hard.
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Posted 17 January 2008 - 05:41 PM
I recall that dextrin can "case harden" or "dry in" moisture as the dry outer case id very moisture resistant so wont allow the water inside to Wick out through the dry part.
I think in this case having a high humidity but higher temperature may help as the case will still be damp but drier than the inside layers. Otherwise it could just take ages still to dry them totally. My d1 takes ages to dry and until they are totally dry there weak as hell right up to the last 2 or 3 days when they suddenly go rock hard.
Yep I've heard of drying in, that was one thing I was concerned about. But I was under the impression that this was more of a problem with charcoal based stars such as the D1 that you mention.
I will keep them drying for the next couple of days and see what happens.
Which sensor is it?
Environmental Monitoring Concepts, compact thermo-hygrometer with remote sensor
Edited by digger, 17 January 2008 - 05:43 PM.
Posted 20 January 2008 - 12:57 AM
Posted 20 January 2008 - 02:57 PM
Shellac has a nasty habit of drying in stars as well. It forms a skin over them.
I've had that happen with chlorate based stars containing shellac. Although there was a skin overtop in about a day, after a few weeks of drying, insides of stars were still soft. They did light but were still burning when they landed and that's never good.
Posted 24 January 2008 - 07:39 AM
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