Since it's been a pretty slow week here on the forum, I thought I'd post some eye candy to keep you all busy. On my blog HERE you can see photos of the soda kiln Doug Jeppesen and I built a couple of weekends ago at Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago. We knocked it out in about 30 hours over 3 days, from scratch. The interior of the kiln is all hard brick, with soft brick used wherever possible on the exterior.
Doug and I had built the previous kiln, too, which lasted 3 1/2 years, and new record at Lill. They tend to go through soda kilns pretty quickly. When we started on the previous version, we found that the kiln was supported on a metal framework that attempted to level the kiln since the concrete floor was really out of whack. The frame was not ideal, but due to time constraints we had to use it. This time, since we knew what we were getting into, we made them toss the frame and pour a level concrete slab. This should be their longest lasting soda kiln yet. The first firing is this weekend.