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post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
Well I bit the bullet, decided to build a hot box. When completed it will be about 86"x24"x24" made out of 3/4" particle board. The folks at Home Depot were nice enough to cut all the wood for me for $1.50. I have two window clasps as latches, two piano hinges, an eye and hook assembly to hold the door open over head (the whole thing is being mounted to a wall). For the heating elements, I purchased an $18 portable electric heat fan by Lakewood which I disassembled and am just installing the guts into the box (the whole unit, it will not be vented to the exterior). Ill make an aluminum diffuser in front of the fan so that the heat does not blow directly onto the skis I also bought aluminum backed fiberglass insulation to line the interior. To hold the skis I am simply using adjustable shelf brackets. After I finish assembling this thing I will calibrate the heater's thermostat and decide if I need more accurate temperature control or a fail safe switch.

Optional: I may buy a nice outlet mounted unit I found at ACE hardware which has a built in thermostat that controls a switch and has a built in timer, all digital, but it cost $45.

As it is I am in $212.00.....man I thought this thing was supposed to be cheap, coulda bought some more gear with that cash.
post #2 of 20
That sounds like it'll be a pimped out hot box, much more "shop worthy" than ones my friends have built.

Look forward to hearing how it works for you. Good luck finishing it.
post #3 of 20
wow, sounds cool.

I don't really race any more, so I really can't justify making something like that, but I still kinda want one.
post #4 of 20
Don't forget the big knife switch!

'EEEgor, fleep ze sveetch!'

XJGuy humphunches over to the wall

'Yyess, master!' THUNK
post #5 of 20
Thread Starter 
Well almost done been putting in a few hours every night. Turns out the Home Depot boys made some cutting errors requiring me to have to fill in the gaps with expensive premium wood lattice and molding. I added some interior flourescent light and will be adding a sight glass. Cost so far $255.00 I was going to leave it natural wood color but now I am thinking of painting this thing to look like some sort of military equipment, the Patriot missile launcher looks good, or maybe something that looks like out of a nuclear power plant, suggestions?. Ill post pics when its done. I already have a list of people who want to bake their skis.....never thought I would be able to say that everyone wants to get into my box! :
post #6 of 20
let's see some pics
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post #8 of 20
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Those are some awesome murals there, and having a background in art I could probably do something similar, but Ive already spent too much time on this thing, so Ill go for the industrial look...wait till you see the port sight window!
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wait till you see the port sight window!
is there a machine to go 'pinngg' so we know we're underwater?
post #10 of 20
Never mind.... I thought this thread was going to be about something different....
post #11 of 20
I noticed that many of PSIA's top intructors are very skiiled at crafts. For example, Ray Allard PSIA's national presdinet, handcrafts some very beautiful wooden furniture. Your box in the picture shows a lot of skill and craft as well. Is there a connection between skill at crafts and being a good skier?
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Never mind.... I thought this thread was going to be about something different....
Your not the only one.
post #13 of 20
Thread Starter 
Well here it is, 99.9% done. I added insulation to the shelf brackets because the metal retained so much heat I was afraid that it would damage the top sheet. In the pictures I still have not installed a baffle for the heating unit. Click the link to see all the photos.



http://www.kodakgallery.com/BrowsePh...vfolderid=2006
post #14 of 20
Thread Starter 
Link was no good try this: http://pictures.aol.com/galleries/xjguy
post #15 of 20
umm no.... being good at crafts and being a good skier. Many PSIA instructors are good at crafts becuase they can't ski well.

How many ski intructors does it take to change a light bulb? 6...one to change the bulb and 5 to tell him how good his turns are.

What do snowboarders and PSIA intructors have in common? Neither one can ski!
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I noticed that many of PSIA's top intructors are very skiiled at crafts. For example, Ray Allard PSIA's national presdinet, handcrafts some very beautiful wooden furniture. Your box in the picture shows a lot of skill and craft as well. Is there a connection between skill at crafts and being a good skier?
post #16 of 20
Thread Starter 
In case you cant see the pic:





So total damage is about $320 for the box. Everything was bought new (with exception the the window glass) for the project, including screws. A sizeable investment, but with the cost of wax and the time it would take to apply 10+ coats a few times a season coupled with the fact that I have to maintain 3 sets of skis, soon to be 4, I think it was well worth it. Last night I did a hot run (no pun intended) with my older skis, I ran the box at temps much higher than I have read I should, 150+F for 6hrs. After about 2hrs the wax was visibly fluid, but not running off of the sides. At any lower temps the wax was not being affected, this was clearly verified by the fact that I had small wax hairs that I could see through the window that were not melting until I raised it to the maximum. I woke up today, skis were well coated and I could see that the wax really got into the skis, evidence was at the occasional sliver of space space between the edge and the base, some of wax was pushed out along the edges, I am assuming as a result of contraction as the skis cooled down, so the wax really got in there. I might do some more tweaking to the design, maybe add another fan to help ditribute the heat better. I think that the heat is taking too long to get around the vast area within the box and its probably why the thermostat reads 150+ but the wax is barely melting, meaning that the lower portion of the box is taking much longer to get up to heat; the thermometer sensor is located above the skis. Sunday I will test out my prepped skis at Windam, if all goes good, in go the rest of the quiver.
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Look at it this way: You can recover cost by renting it out as a sauna for neighborhood kids. Or anorexic adults. 

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Jacques, is this the same video you posted a few weeks back?

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Originally Posted by Jacques View Post
 

 

Jacques, is this the same video you posted a few weeks back?

Same video I have posted is several relevant threads.  Posted a zillion times.

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