Claire Reishman on fri 17 dec 04
I have another question about firing our soda/salt kiln. What kind of salt
do others use in a salt or soda/salt kiln? The last 50 pound bag of salt we
got from the local Coop is actually a mix with some soda in it; it is
Champion's Choice Mix-n-Fine, and it has yellow prussiate of soda added to
the salt. Does anybody else use that? We have now bought rock salt but
have never used it - does it work well? Thanks for any help you can give
Claire Reishman, Sewanee Tennessee
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Paul Herman on fri 17 dec 04
We use "mill run salt", available from the local feed store. It's just a
little coarser than regular table salt.
Good salty firings,
Great Basin Pottery
Doyle, California US
>From: Claire Reishman
>Subject: kind of salt in salt firings?
>Date: Fri, Dec 17, 2004, 7:11 AM
> I have another question about firing our soda/salt kiln. What kind of salt
> do others use in a salt or soda/salt kiln?
Ivor and Olive Lewis on sat 18 dec 04
Dear Claire Reishman,
I am wondering about the use of "Yellow Prussiate of Soda".
If this is what it sounds as though it is then it may be a derivative
of Prussic Acid, better known as Hydrogen Cyanide. And Hydrogen
Cyanide is highly poisonous. Not the sort of thing I would like to
have around the house.
As kids we used crushed laurel leaves as a source of cyanide to kill
insects. Well know "Bitter Almond" scent.
I used coarse softener salt when I was salt glazing. Crushed rock salt
would do just as well.