I have been scrounging and drafting for a month and a half now trying to get a kiln together and in two and a half weeks time, she’ll be fired for the first time! I have been meaning to post about this forever the above list is on my wall and a constant reminder that time if fleeting, the construction paper being bleached by the summer sun. I am making slab building tests complete with slips of all sorts. I am chopping black spruce trees up with a hacksaw, stacking wood in the mosquito dusk every night and cutting down trees so they dry out for next years firing. Living the laborious, sweaty and oh so sweet life of a potter.
There is so much to consider when building a kiln. I have designed a small woodfired soda kiln that I would like to fire only to cone 6 (1200 degrees celsius… PS check out this awesome celsius vs. fahrenheit hoodie). The below designs are all to scale. Materials include- Soft brick (cone 9, donated my MMAQ) (walls), Fiberfax (walls, arch), metal sheeting (walls, arch, damper), cement blocks (burry box), steel beams (floor grates), Steel tubing (1ftx9ft) (chimney).