Donn Buchfinck on mon 20 jan 03
To begin with, you have to deal with the "some people say" aspect.
Most people do not know what they are talking about,
"Some" are lucky and get things to work.
and "Some" think they know what they are doing,
I am always amazed at how people who become potters believe they know the
proper way to do something.
There are variables you have to look at in building a kiln at your house.
#1 how much money do you have to spend
this is the deal maker or breaker
this will help in deciding if you want to tackle the job
#2 what is the size of the gas meter on your house.
I have a standard gas meter at my studio and we fire a 24 cubic foot alpine
to c 10 no problem.
In school we learned how to build a burner to maximise all the gas from a
Now if you build a kiln, and you use some common sense you will not blow
yourself up. The common sense thing is really important.
Are you going to build yourself a kiln or purchase a prebuilt kiln like a
Bailey or Geil??
These kilns are more expensive than building yourself, but they come from
kiln building companies. Theoretically they have knowledge of how they should
My advice to you is to go around your area and talk to people who have their
own kilns, and talk to them about what they went through to install it.
And lastly beware of self described experts,
Even if they have fancy portfolios and references, do your own homework, this
is more than a car. You will live with this piece of equipment for the rest
if not most of your ceramics career. And if you understand the how's and the
whys, then you will have a better understanding of your kiln that you live
and work with, and you can fix the problems yourself.
Lily Krakowski on tue 21 jan 03
HAS EVERYONE FORGOTTEN JEWETT NY????
All the advice given about endearing yourself to the gas people, about extra
pressure, using tanks and so on is correct I am sure. But before you make
one move check your zoning, check with the Fire Department, check with your
insurance company.....Even talk to the neighbors....
P.O. Box #1
(315) 942-5916/ 397-2389
Be of good courage....
Roger Korn on tue 21 jan 03
Lily Krakowski wrote:
> HAS EVERYONE FORGOTTEN JEWETT NY????
> All the advice given about endearing yourself to the gas people, about
> pressure, using tanks and so on is correct I am sure. But before you
> one move check your zoning, check with the Fire Department, check with
> insurance company.....Even talk to the neighbors....
And now the neighbors help with firings and the Fire House has a potters
wheel. Works for me.
Roger, who hasn't set himself on fire yet this year
> Lili Krakowski
> P.O. Box #1
> Constableville, N.Y.
> (315) 942-5916/ 397-2389
> Be of good courage....
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