Linda Mosley on sat 10 feb 01
I can not find guidelines to inform our community
college about kiln room size for a cone 10 shuttle -
and need it ASAP for a Monday meeting to defend my
request for a safe room. This will be our only chance
for a 1&only cone 10 gas kiln (to replace 30 yr old
Denver). The old kiln room is 10x10, and will continue
to house the front loading Contemporary elec and a
small Evenheat - and become a passage to the new room.
Our tophat raku kiln is outdoors.
1) The architects have proposed a 12 x 14 masonry room
(Geil - 5.5 x 12; Bailey - 4 x 11) which seems too
small - for ware carts, kiln furniture storage, and
safe passage to the back of the kiln for operation. Is
16 x 20 reasonable? Please respond with your
experience with a too small room, or recommend a
minimum size & shape for safe & efficient use.
2) Also need info on how the BRICK Bailey or Geil
shuttle has held up over more than 5 years of weekly
use. Is brick more durable than fiber in a school with
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vince pitelka on sat 10 feb 01
> 1) The architects have proposed a 12 x 14 masonry room
> (Geil - 5.5 x 12; Bailey - 4 x 11) which seems too
> small - for ware carts, kiln furniture storage, and
> safe passage to the back of the kiln for operation. Is
> 16 x 20 reasonable?
This still seems a little small for three kilns, although from the above
specs I cannot tell what size the kilns are. How many cubic feet each?
That is the standard way of indicating kiln size. And am I correct in my
assumption that you are talking about three kilns in this space, including a
car kiln? If so, 16 by 20 is still a little small, especially considering
the car kiln. There must be room to move ware carts around the car when it
is retracted from the kiln. Look at it this way. You need to be able to
move all around the kilns while firing and while maintaining them. I would
think that 18x24 might be adequate, but again, that depends on the size of
Ultimately, a cramped kiln space is a dangerous space.
Best wishes -
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