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wood kiln plans/does size matter

updated wed 25 dec 02


Les Crimp on mon 23 dec 02

Hi Steve -

Your description is priceless! Your procedure also sounds great!
When you get what you want, in the time that you want, without being
"knackered' in the process, it doesn't get better than that.

Merry Christmas and I look forward to your posts in the New Year!

Les Crimp on Vancouver Island.

Steve Mills on mon 23 dec 02

I've come to this a bit late but:
I must disagree with you there, our wood kiln has an internal setting
area of about 12 to 14 cubic feet. Firing usually starts about 0600. In
warm weather cone 12 is often down by 2100. In cold weather around
midnight. It is then fired on for another 3 to 5 hours depending on how
we feel. We use about a tablespoon of salt in 2 little pots in the
setting, French style. We get lots of flashing and snotty runs, using
off-cuts from a local wood yard, a mixture of soft and semi-hardwood,
plus local scrap. The stoking is a 2 to 3 person job in turns over the
day with occasional other help and family encouragement. The kiln is in
Jane's back garden. This is a small but very satisfying operation; Pack
Friday night, Fire Saturday, open Sunday, back to work Monday, not


In message , Les Crimp writes
>Diane -
>I must concur with everything that Mel was writing about a couple of days
>There is a difference between getting a small "cheap" wood kiln and a sma=
>wood kiln that will give you the look & finish you are looking for.
>If you are looking for good/to very good flashing without a lot of drippy
>ash running all over the place that is one thing.
>If it is the "snotty", runny ash you want, you will not get it with a sma=
>(one person) wood kiln that fires in less that 12 hours.
>Up here on Vancouver Island we are very fortunate to have the Tozan Socie=
>which owns a huge 5 chamber uphill noborigama and also a large anagama.
>With these, if your pots are in the right place in the kiln, you get a su=
>amount of heavy ash deposit. But this means working for up to 4 days
>depending on how many chambers are being fired... 24 hours per day with 6
>persons per 8 hour shift.
>does this help with your decision?

Steve Mills