mel jacobson on sat 17 jun 00
on a serious note:
nils has built (see his book) a tiny aim test kiln
with gas. it holds one pot at a time.
he has mentioned to me on several occasions
that he uses it just like a raku kiln, except that
he fires to cone 10. one tea bowl at a time.
several hours....nice copper reds, shino.
the origin of the electric test kiln with gas had a great
deal to do with a woman potter that made miniatures.
she asked nils to make her a tiny kiln that would fit the
work that she did. so, he came up with the combo kiln
and it works like a dream.
i expect that tom sawyer in florida has sort of the mercedes benz
of combo kilns...it took a few firings to iron out some electronic
details, but with that complete, he seems to love it.
my bread and butter kiln is a 45 cubic foot minnesota flat top.
it has an oxyprobe, power room venting system. it is simple
to fire, works every time and is as dependable as sheila clennell.
i do not experiment with that kiln. it just does its job. as it should.
i think a great deal of the experiments that kurt and others and
myself have done at the farm is about seeing the potential of
new ideas. that is the reason we have `hay creek`. bring friends
together, share ideas and philosophy, fire pots together...work
out wrinkles in our work. then share those ideas with the gang
on clayart. all of the pots fired at the farm are sorta gifts to the
gods....if they fail, no one whimpers...they make great road fill.
but, on the other hand, well, our racers are the best. that is when
you see our gang, running through the woods, screaming and holding
our pots above our heads...the hallelujah chorus ringing...and people
yelling `hoooozah, hoozah`.
FROM MINNETONKA, MINNESOTA, USA
john horner on mon 8 apr 02
Hello all, I am looking for plans for a small wood
burning kiln, made with fire bricks. Any help will be
appreicated. Thanks J
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Roger Korn on tue 9 apr 02
I can recommend the "Fast Freddie" described in Fred Olsen's "Kiln Book". At about
16 cu ft, it'll do just about anything with reliability and repeatability. Easy to
build and efficient to fire. I even build a dual-fuel version for both gas and wood
firing. This kiln is so "tweakable" that you can go just about anywhere with it in
terms of firing protocols. Many libraries have this book, so you can taste before
you buy - its a GREAT book.
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Steve Mills on wed 10 apr 02
John, go to http://www.mudslinger.demon.co.uk/web2/page3.html
There and on the next pages you'll find the simple brick kilns my
friends and I have been building and firing for a few years now. You
should be able to gauge quite a lot from the pictures, but if you want
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>Hello all, I am looking for plans for a small wood
>burning kiln, made with fire bricks. Any help will be
>appreicated. Thanks J
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