Diane Mead on wed 18 dec 02
Please let me know if you have any smaller wood kiln plans. We have the
but we need to build a small wood kiln on our property.
If it can be done under $1000 that would be great.
We are open--down draft, anagama, etc. In other words
we are still in the thinking phase. Easier to build,
smaller size is what we need to find.
Paul Herman on wed 18 dec 02
First, get some kiln shelves, (or decide on what size you are going to
buy with your $1,000) then you can design the kiln around them. I'm
Sounds like you need to do some research on designs.
Jack Troy's book "Woodfired Stoneware and Porcelain" is a good one.
There is a book by Coll Minogue and Robert Sanderson "Woodfired
Ceramics, Contemporary Practices" that has pictures, drawings and
descriptions of quite a few small wood fired kilns.
There are a lot of potters in Europe and UK using the Olsen fastfire
design. They generally build them out of hardbrick, so the fast part
isn't so fast, but they can be fired in a day.
My friend Dick Mackey fires one of the "fastfire" types and it gives
satisfactory results. He recently added on a second chamber (crossdraft)
doubling the kiln's capacity for a few more hours stoking.
Any one out there on the list using one of the fastfire designs?
Great Basin Pottery
423-725 Scott Road
Doyle, California 96109 US
>From: Diane Mead
> Please let me know if you have any smaller wood kiln plans. We have the
> KILN BOOK
> but we need to build a small wood kiln on our property.
> If it can be done under $1000 that would be great.
> We are open--down draft, anagama, etc. In other words
> we are still in the thinking phase. Easier to build,
> smaller size is what we need to find.
> diane mead
> macon, ga
Les Crimp on wed 18 dec 02
I have a 27 cu. ft. downdraft wood-fired kiln with a Bourry box that I fire
to ^10 down in 10 hours. It is a little dream.
It was designed and built for me by Graham Sheehan, who lives on Gabriola
Island in British Columbia. He has one himself which was the proto type.
When I saw it and fired with Graham I fell in love with it.
I am sure if you contact Graham he would be happy to get information to you
regarding your search for the perfect wood-fired kiln. You can contact him
Les Crimp on that Island in the Pacific.(Vancouver Island)
Jan Goodland Metz on thu 19 dec 02
Yes, I fire a Pheonix Fast Fire at a friend's in Eastern Rhode Island. We fired
this past Monday and Tuesday. We open on Friday. It was 18 hours to cone 12. A
very cold and snowy night. The kiln fires very evenly and it climbed nicely. 5
hours to load. sometimes it can take 9 hours if we have a lot of small pieces. I
love it. A lot of work, the cold air at night was very drying on the skin. Two of
us did the lion's share of loading and then 11 hours of firing, before the third
person came to relieve us. It is hard, to get the work share right. But it is
managable with 2-4 people.
Anyway, I would recommend this kiln to anyone.
Jan Goodland Metz
happy to be wood firing in rhode island
Paul Herman wrote:
> Any one out there on the list using one of the fastfire designs?
> good luck,
> Paul Herman
> Great Basin Pottery
> 423-725 Scott Road
> Doyle, California 96109 US
> >From: Diane Mead
> > Please let me know if you have any smaller wood kiln plans. We have the
> > KILN BOOK
> > but we need to build a small wood kiln on our property.
> > If it can be done under $1000 that would be great.
> > We are open--down draft, anagama, etc. In other words
> > we are still in the thinking phase. Easier to build,
> > smaller size is what we need to find.
> > Thanks.
> > diane mead
> > macon, ga
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Jerry Coleman on fri 20 dec 02
I've recently built a version of the Olsen that has a modification by Joe=20
Finch, a British potter. It keeps the basic idea of two fireboxes under the=20=
chamber, but the exit flue goes down between the fireboxes and follows a=20
short horizontal path to the chimney. We built in hard brick with a cast arc=
and it fired to 1300=B0c in about 20hours. If you build in HTI's the firing=20
time is much shorter, but if you're using wood, why rush? If you want detail=
look at the Ceramic Review website and research an article by Joe Finch wher=
he writes about building a kiln in India... I agree that the Minogue and=20
Sanderson book is good, as is Soda Firing, by Ruthanne Tudball. There are=20
some good ideas for simple kiln constructions in there.
I agree also it sounds like you need to do a fair amount of reading and=20
asking around before you attempt to build.