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pmi/kiln plans

updated mon 28 mar 05


mel jacobson on sun 27 mar 05

i am sure that things will settle down
this week for that site.

acers just got the site dashed off last friday
i am sure they will tweak it monday.

it does take time for this stuff to get put together.
i know they are a bit shorthanded. so, be patient.

kurt was wondering if anyone would want these
plans...i think it will be in the thousands.
so, be patient. in fact, i am really glad the plans
are on the website...anyone can download them, print
them off and give away copies.

remember, this article is a gift from nils, kurt and mel.
it has taken a great effort to get all this information
together, get it edited by tim at pmi, cad drawings and
of course a ton of work by kurt to count every brick, make
drawings, sketches, working notes. this is a kiln that
can be adapted to almost any size basic flat/top.
or, put on an arch. not a big deal..won't hurt our feelings.
( we do love arches, just find this a simple solution to
make a kiln. and, much less expensive.)

bob fritz has almost the same kiln as kurt's. he had a kiln
explosion with advancers, so re/did the roof with an
arch. his favorite. so, on he goes with great firings.

remember, the size of this kiln is perfect for the part time
potter. it can be tucked into a small building, hidden in the
back yard. no one will ever know you have it. we even have
shown this kiln with a stack that is supported by spring loaded
cables. when not in use, take down the visual predator...the
stack. we love to make the stack from 10-12"od steel pipe with
kaowool flue liners, sprayed with itc 100. screw it all together
and stand in place. nothing to it. if you are not adept at welding,
aircraft cable and turnbuckles can be used to tighten the kiln.
the only welding that is essential is the corner brackets for the roof.
any welding shop can make them for low cost.
kurt and i are confident that almost anyone can build this kiln...alone.
it just takes time and study. a bit at a time.

i know that for a fact, kurt and i working together could build this
entire kiln in an afternoon. (given a flat hard surface to build it upon.)
if we did not argue and spat while doing it, it would take three hours.
(of course we always lose our tools, step on each other, and laugh a
great deal.) it is a joy to see a random, casual worker stuck with
a fuss budget, perfectionist. but, you know, it works well that way.
we bounce many ideas off each other. and, we both listen. it still
always comes down to respect for the other person's ideas. we have
solved a great many ceramic problems together. and, like this kiln,
we have shared them all.
mel jacobson/minnetonka/minnesota/usa