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bourry box/ was twits, tightwads and thieves

updated tue 7 jan 03


Ruth Ballou on mon 6 jan 03


Don't want to keep you on tenterhooks any longer. If you're going to
build a Bourry box kiln, then by all means, buy the SP. And a few other
publications that have special descriptions of the Bourry. Sounds like
you're just curious as this point.

The Bourry box got it's name from Emile Bourry He wrote an article in
1911. It's a very brief; 1 - 2 pages and describes a firebox
arrangement in which logs are piled in an upper opening to rest on
brick hobs. As they burn, the embers drop to continually supply the ash
pit, providing a steady heat climb for the kiln. The air supply is from
an upper opening, so that it moves through the burning logs and then
the ash pit before going to the ware chamber. Practically, the Bourry
box is very efficient and as the firing progresses, one is able to put
more and more wood at one time into the firebox. The interval between
stokes lengthens enough to have a sit and enjoy pleasant conversation,
if one so desires, with other members of the firing crew .

Ruth Ballou
Silver Spring, MD

On Monday, January 6, 2003, at 11:04 AM, martin schiller wrote:

> Just received a 'wonderful' offlist message from an apparent clayart
> subscriber who reports that they could not "...imagine you would be so
> mean as not to send for it..." referring to the $6 issue of Studio
> Potter. HeeHawww...
> Just wanted to know what made a bourry box kiln unique. For now I'll
> just
> surmise that it has something to do with the arrangement of the
> fireboxes.
> To imagine - a craftsman failing in imagination...
> Martin
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