Firing a Propane Kiln in Canadian Winters
Posted 24 November 2012 - 03:45 AM
Still, warm water would help.
Marcia Selsor, Professor Emerita,
Montana State University-Billings
Marcia Selsor Studio in Brownsville, Texas.
Posted 24 November 2012 - 11:23 PM
I do like, and now understand, the idea of stringing many tanks together.
A glass-blowing friend, who lives an hour down the road (and previously used propane but has now switched to some sort of magical wood process that produces zero smoke), is encouraging me to go with one 100-lb tank. I previously stated I couldn't go this big, but it turns out it's still too small for the propane company to come and fill. Which is great, as I'm still on my own. It just leaves me to find a way to transport such an animal.
Posted 25 November 2012 - 01:14 AM
Posted 25 November 2012 - 11:23 AM
This morning my husband and I are thinking we'll get two or three (or four) smaller tanks (50-lb? - whatever Marc says we need) and build a little doghouse for them - one that's very well ventilated. The little house will simply be a way to keep the snow off, so I'm not out there digging them out prior to a firing.
When it comes time to fire: Take a bucket of very warm water out there and add it to a little warming system, which consists of garden hose wrapped multiple times around each tank, a "keep the water warm for the livestock" unit in the bucket, and a pump circulating the water 'round.
This isn't the "direct heat" that took your friend, is it Rob?
Posted 26 November 2012 - 02:05 PM
1. Stop worrying about it and just try it.
2. Heating the exterior of the tanks only deals with the symptom, not the problem. Fix the problem by using more propane (more tanks or bigger tank[s]).
3. Stop asking questions on Internet forums.
Ha! He's awesome.
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