GURUSHAKTI@AOL.COM on sat 1 jul 00
To the best of my knowledge they are no longer making kilns. I used to have
their 7cu ft model which I used for bisque, Raku and some cleanup firings,
but gave it away when we retired. It was a pretty straightforward firing
little kiln. Bottom shelf is raise about 2" from the floor and top shelf is
about 2" from the top. Stagger half shelves with a couple of inches for good
flow.Mine had three burners (middle on is always on, but other two can be
turned off). I kept the shutters around 1/4 to 3/8" open for reduction
firing. To reduce, around 100-1650F, you just close off the top port with a
piece of brick or old kiln shelf on each side, until you get the desired
flame on top. Mine was very tricky to get to full cone 10 with reduction
until I got a oxyprobe. It was a very serviceable kiln and never gave me a
whit of trouble in the twenty-two years I had it.
Ingeborg Foco on sat 1 jul 00
I purchased a California Kiln new in l980 I think. One of life's greatest
disappointments for me. As for the operating manual --- that's a joke. It
came with 2 zerox copies of questionable value. I suspect they are no
longer in business as I haven't seen any advertisements for many years now.
---- Original Message -----
From: Susan Davy
Sent: Saturday, July 01, 2000 2:09 PM
Subject: FW: looking for California Kiln manufacturer
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Susan Davy [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Thursday, June 29, 2000 7:27 PM
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> Subject: looking for California Kiln manufacturer
> Does anyone know if the kiln brand "California Kiln" is still being
> manufactured? I have found a used one that is 20+ years old, updraft,
> The owner has no operating manual, or knowledge in firing.
> I looked in the advertising index of Ceramics Monthly and ClayTimes, to no
> avail.....and no luck with an internet search.
> Thanks in advance,
> Susan Davy
> Davy Pottery, Inc.
> North Dakota
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Susan Davy on sat 1 jul 00
From: Susan Davy [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, June 29, 2000 7:27 PM
To: Ceramic Arts Discussion List
Subject: looking for California Kiln manufacturer
Does anyone know if the kiln brand "California Kiln" is still being
manufactured? I have found a used one that is 20+ years old, updraft, gas.
The owner has no operating manual, or knowledge in firing.
I looked in the advertising index of Ceramics Monthly and ClayTimes, to no
avail.....and no luck with an internet search.
Thanks in advance,
Davy Pottery, Inc.
Tim J Havens on sun 2 jul 00
You might try looking up the kiln under the name of " Thermalite" . We
used similar kilns in the early 70's
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