See pics (hard brick porn)
Also have access to soft brick also . Not traditional but guts from multi sided kiln.
I want to build kiln with hard brick interior, incase I use the more caustic firing techniques, and I'm cheap. And hard bricks are cheaper.
Original idea was simple small cube ( first thought was 3x3 foot). (Olsen book says simple box design is good) But dependent on furniture size. And burner output. With a blanket top. Blanket second layer for walls and saftey grate or non refractory brick outer Layerr. But since I have access to soft brick ill add that in for more,insulation somewhere.
I have 2 burners, pilots and 2 fans. ( will ask questions about burners on another post already started here)
I'm inclined to build a very insulated kiln, to mimic the japanese shino style , ala Judith duff . Slow ramp soak, slow cool......
Idea is primarily a forced air propane burner, I'd also like to be able to experimment , with minor reconfiguration, forced air wood burning, salt, sawdust, Venturi burner. ( yeah I'm askin a lot, a man can dream ....)
But would be happy with simple gas fire.
First I need to calculate size of kiln with given bricks and furniture.
First questions ( of what I'm sure will be many)
Any technical information on fire bricks marked empire dp.? Weight approx. 8 pounds. (Stored outside)
Is there a brick calculator to calculate how many bricks of x size to build a cube or wall?
Part of pkg was some old kiln shelves. Pics to follow. Some warped some cracked some pieces. Hodgepodge of sizes and condition. Is there a problem with using warped shelves? Or cracked shelves if properly supported.? How clean do they need to be before kiln wash?
Im planning to by posts and/or bricks. To well support shelves.
Ps. Touchy feely part to follow so feel free skip
The pottery gods have been very kind to me .
I've had the jones (desire) to build a kiln since atmospheric firing is not really avaialble from local,community studio. Had some cheap bricks lined up. But fell through..(awwwww)
I,joined a local clay club and last meeting they were thinning the library and picked up kiln book for a donation.
Well low and behold by impetus from members here and through a small chain of events. ........well snap to the ending today...
I got a bunch ofmhard brick, soft bricks, kiln shelves, most of the parts for forced air burner. And then some ....... For free dollars . Yes you read correctly free. Local potter is down sizing and moving.....he said I was doing him a favor!..........
(This guy is smiling) ( prolly be sore tommorow moving 200 ish bricks into to truck and then out of truck)