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small salt kiln

updated fri 16 jun 00


GURUSHAKTI@AOL.COM on wed 14 jun 00

Hi Dannon:

Thanks for the information! I have a concrete patio in the back which is
pretty well hidden. Now I just have to finish my other projects and convince
my husband that this is vital for my joy! :-)
The back patio is where his beloved spa lives, so I'm going to have to be
especially persuasive or find another area!
This little kiln could probably be an updraft and omit the bag wall. Those
beehive bread ovens that they use in New Mexico and other areas, just have a
hole in the top or slightly off center of the top. You could probably do it
that way and shoot a single burner front to back . I remember years ago
firing to cone 10 in a little raku kiln (about 3 or 4 cubic feet.) I just
put the burner on the bottom with a target brick near center of the kiln and
it seemed to deflect the flame pretty evenly. I would set it up as a
temporary raku kiln with kiln shelves for the top, no mortar, hard brick,
single layer. The separated kiln shelves acted as the damper as well as the
Hey, I got it. I can tell the zoning police that it's a bread oven! :-)

Warm regards,

Dannon Rhudy on wed 14 jun 00

Hi, June. I just got back from the Appalachian Center
for Craft, and got to (help) fire a VERY small salt/soda
kiln. It was a catenary, castable, sprayed with ITC I
believe. It was about two feet high, maybe thirty inches
long - Mel might know the dimensions, think he helped
make it last fall. Fired with two teeny burners coming
in from the side, short bag wall. Might be possible to
put the burners behind, no bag wall, have a little more
firing space. It held perhaps a dozen pieces, med. size.
No one who did not KNOW would have thought it a kiln.
Looked sort of like a little bread oven, actually. Had
been built up on some concrete block to lift it to
convenient height. Neighbors would never suspect....


Dannon Rhudy

At 04:05 PM 6/13/00 EDT, you wrote:
>Hi Joyce:
>If I were going to build a small salt kiln, I would probably opt for a
>Catenary Arch using AP Green's Mizzou type castable that Craig mentioned the
>other day and spray it with ITC 100 after the first bisque firing.
>It will be interesting reading the feedback. My Geil burners and pilot bar
>didn't take too kindly to one salt and one soda firing and I'm wondering if
>perhaps I shouldn't entertain building a small castable salt/soda kiln in the
>future instead of stressing this old Geil. My problem is the town only allows
>one kiln and how do you hide an outdoor kiln, even a small one! I'll have to
>muse on that one! :-)
>Warm regards,
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