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sawdust/woodfire injector

updated fri 12 may 00


Charlie and Linda Riggs on thu 11 may 00


Any drawings/pictures of this sawdust injector system at U of A? Sounds VERY
interesting. I'm partners on a 2 chamber noborigama and have access to a large
mountain of kiln dried red oak sawdust.......


Charlie Riggs
Who is headed up the hill to attack 4 bundles of oak slabs with a chain saw....

Stephen Cappelli wrote:

> ----------------------------Original message----------------------------
> Jan..... we fire a few times a year at the University of Alabama's two
> chamber bourry box, saw dust injected kiln (designed by Lowell Baker there
> at U of A). ALL participants pay a $25.00 workshop fee (goes back to the
> clay area I hope) .... Lowell provides the wood and place to fire. EVERYONE
> that had pots in the kiln are required to work 3 to 4 hour shifts.... no
> deadbeats!!!!!! and just like any other firing, nothing is a sure thing
> with getting in the kiln. always a puzzle to put together.... we try to
> load a little of everyone's but there is always the situation of some
> getting more in than others, but in the long rung and over time, everything
> works out about even for everyone......everyone is responsible for their own
> food and drink, glazes etc.... your friend needs to find other outlets for
> wood..... lumber yard cast-off, mills, etc.... most people that I know who
> fire with wood, get the wood for free, just have to pick it up..... some
> are paid to haul it off..... hope this helps a little......... CIAO
> ........ Stephen in muggy Montgomery AL
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jan McQueary
> Date: Tuesday, May 09, 2000 1:25 PM
> Subject: Woodfiring charges
> ----------------------------Original message----------------------------
> A friend of mine has a 40 cubic foot wood kiln, which she typically fires
> in about 12-16 hours. She is wondering how much to charge for firing
> other potters' work. Can anyone offer any ideas/suggestions?
> Some considerations are:
> Wood firing is romantic, but it is a lot of work, and it is not
> necessarily cheap! She has just ordered a new set of shelves, for
> example (the guys with used shelves didn't have what she needed in
> stock). Usually everyone brings food for the firing - but my friend
> still provides a lot of drinks and food herself.
> What do other potters charge people who use their glazes or just drop
> work off to be fired - but don't participate in the considerable work to
> prepare wood, load, fire and clean up the kiln.
> Should there be any break for people who help with all or part of the
> work involved.
> Guidelines for figuring out the real cost of her wood - some purchased,
> some picked up for free or delivered for a reasonable fee. All the wood
> still requires considerable processing - logs need to be split with a gas
> powered log splitter and long thin cutoffs must be gathered, cut up and
> bundled. (Usual practice is to take turns splitting while the kiln
> fires, so she is ready for the next firing - still procuring the wood is
> a big deal.)
> I think that she finds having some help and sharing the kiln a benefit UP
> TO A POINT - but she needs to define that limit and figure how much to
> charge beyond it.
> Thanks for any suggestions you can give!
> Jan McQueary
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