So.... My kiln is slowly being mended. I have the new elements being made up and some K26 bricks ordered.
The problem with the original lid was that it really has no support in the middle of the lid which then had a peep hole in the middle-ish brick causing structural issues. The lid was bricked up in the standard brick wall config (sorry I don't know the correct term) but I am wondering if there is a better way to lay the bricks. The old lid was in the end held together by the tension of the steel case round the bricks.
This was my idea from looking at pictures of kiln lids for the brick config.
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I would have two stainless steel threaded bar going through and being bolted onto the steel casing (shown by the dotted line) This I hope will add enough support to the middle and with the peep hole being on the edge of two bricks instead of one it would negate the structural issues the old lid had with a hole in the middle of one brick.
Could I also pin the bricks to each other with small bits of element or would that make cementing the bricks straight too hard to get right?
Any advice on cementing the bricks as I have never done it before?