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## numerophobia

### Dan Wilson on sun 13 oct 96

I'd like to build a 30 cu. ft. updraft kiln in the next few minutes. Now I
know its going to take alot of bricks but I just don't know how many.
Especially when I consider the arch. How many #2 arch bricks in combination
with #1's, straights, splits, am I going to need for one course to span the
45 inches from one sidewall to the other? Is there a formula I can use?
And If the sidewalls are 45 inches apart how high are they? What are the
kilns interior dimensions? Will I be able to fit 12X24 inch shelves in two
rows from top to bottom and still have enough room for the bagwalls? And
what about my studio? It measures 15 by 23 by 10 feet high. Is this kiln
going to fit here? If not, how big should the shed be? How much space do I
need? If I knew some math I could do it in a snap...Maybe I'll just buy
one. How much does it cost?

Mayonaise . Using math to explore the third dimension.

### Al Smith on mon 14 oct 96

Dan Wilson wrote:
>
> ----------------------------Original message----------------------------
>
> I'd like to build a 30 cu. ft. updraft kiln in the next few minutes. Now I
> know its going to take alot of bricks but I just don't know how many.
> Especially when I consider the arch. How many #2 arch bricks in combination
> with #1's, straights, splits, am I going to need for one course to span the
> 45 inches from one sidewall to the other? Is there a formula I can use?
> And If the sidewalls are 45 inches apart how high are they? What are the
> kilns interior dimensions? Will I be able to fit 12X24 inch shelves in two
> rows from top to bottom and still have enough room for the bagwalls? And
> what about my studio? It measures 15 by 23 by 10 feet high. Is this kiln
> going to fit here? If not, how big should the shed be? How much space do I
> need? If I knew some math I could do it in a snap...Maybe I'll just buy
> one. How much does it cost?
>
> Mayonaise . Using math to explore the third dimension.

Dan: You have to get some background information on kiln building such
as Frederick L. Olsen's "The Kiln Book", ISBN 0-8019-7071-7. A kiln with
45 inches wall to wall with 9-inch walls will be close to a six foot cube
and with burners mounted underneath, will be close to 8 ft. tall. Get
the book - read the book.
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### Toni Martens on mon 14 oct 96

I have tried hard to stay out of this discussion.Eridite I am not,
numerophobic I am.I can do ARITHMATIC.I mix my own
glazes,I can make change.I can calculate how many bricks I will need
to do a job or how much paint will be needed to cover x amount of
wall space.I know enough about internal combustion engines to know
just what I need to whack with a hammer!
The thought of 'higher math',however,gives me palpitations,my eyes
glaze,respiration becomes despiration.
Are all you math experts therfore saying I am less than the sum of my
being?That I should rush off and calculate the size of the hole I
need to dig so that I can climb into it?
Toni M-wondering if Durban's heat has fried my brains or if indeed I
have any.

### Lori Leary on tue 15 oct 96

> Are all you math experts therfore saying I am less than the sum of my
> being?That I should rush off and calculate the size of the hole I
> need to dig so that I can climb into it?

Hey Toni,
While you are at it, could you dig it big enough for me? It could be
kind of a bomb shelter for the Higher Math Aversion Club. Let's
see.....would we have to double it?......or square it? Hmmmmmmmm.......
Lori L. who is generally clever about most things....
(except for you-know-what)
Pawleys Island SC