Austin recently finished building a salt/soda kiln
(28 cubic feet) in Mystic, CT; the kiln is now fully
Kiln construction plan details: The kiln was built on a 70" x 70" cement
slab. One row of cement block was then created(layer
#1). A double row of Super Duty hard-brick was then layed
down. The interior of the kiln is 44" (wide), 36" (deep)
and 40" high.
The stack is 12' tall, with a 10" by 8" interior chimney
dimension. Two primary (B3) Venturi burners, supplied by
Ward Burner Systems, power the kiln from the rear (floor) of
the kiln. There are five 100lb propane tanks (roughly 115 gallons of fuel) on site. The kiln is a down-draft style,
with 5 peep-holes. The damper, which is built into the chimney
stack, is 16" x 14" (Austin used a high alumni shelf and cut it to
FYI -- Austin used a dry cutting saw (see picture below) to
cut bricks and shelves (Rigid brand).
Kiln shelves were purchased from Bailey Pottery Supply (Advancer Shelves / pricey but excellent). All the bricks, roughly 1500 Super-Duty straights and 300 #1 arch bricks, were purchased from Sheffield Pottery Supply.
Austin's completed works are available in local
shops and galleries in the Mystic, CT and Stonington. CT area.
Austin also plans to do eight to twelve high-end craft shows per year;
stay tuned to the show schedule page