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In Topic: Double, Down Draft Oil Barrel Kiln

22 September 2013 - 06:26 PM

I haven't fired it yet.  I'm just finishing up building the kiln and then I still need to make pots to try it out.  I'm probably a month or so from a firing.  I'll post something when I get things going.  I've done regular barrel firing/pit firing before with mixed results.  I'm hoping the down draft on the barrel will make the results more consistent. 

In Topic: Double, Down Draft Oil Barrel Kiln

13 September 2013 - 05:25 PM

Stephen, once the barrel is lit and has burned down a little, you put a lid on top and crack it an inch or so.  That keeps the heat in and limits the oxygen so the fire doesn't burn too fast.  The idea is to get a nice smouldering fire. The wire mesh between pot layers sounds like a good idea.  I've never done that.  

In Topic: Teaching Pottery To The Children.

09 September 2013 - 07:12 PM

It depends on how big the kids are.  I don't usually teach kids under 12 on the wheel.  I prefer handbuilding for the little ones because they can be more creative and there isn't as much safety issues. Although the wheel is really cool for kids to try they don't often have the attention span to work on the wheel a lot.  It takes quite a commitment /patience to learn for the little kids.  I don't even let the big kids use needle tools.  I use bamboo skewers instead because they break off if something bad happens.  They are sharp enough to use as a pin tool and cheap.  I would look into some of the smaller portable wheels ie.  VL-Lite Whisper, RK Whisper, brent ie-x   I have a few and they work well for adult beginners.  You can't centre 100lbs of clay on them but for most students they are just fine.  They are also cheaper.  Some of the more petite adults prefer them over the full sized wheels.   

In Topic: Double, Down Draft Oil Barrel Kiln

09 September 2013 - 06:51 PM

I am planning on just sawdust/saggar firing/garbage firing in the barrel.  Basically, the pots just get tumble stacked on top of one another with combustables stuffed in and around the pots.  The pots are just lit on fire and then let to burn down.  I can fire just in the barrel as is but, I like the idea of adding the chimney/downdraft to increase airflow thus creating more even heat and a hotter firing.  I  I am using metal stove pipes as the chimney to the barrel.  It's not getting too hot so I don't need a brick chimney like a wood fire kiln.  I'd like to just sit two barrels side by side and have them share a chimney so that I do not have to buy more stove pipe.  I'll post some pictures of the kiln when I am finished.  At the moment I just have a barrel and a bunch of parts.  :) 


Big Lou  I'm not sure what kind of brick is appropriate for a wood fired chimney other than fire brick.  I plan to build one of those eventually.  It can get pretty expensive to build using all fire brick.  It would be great to have a cheaper alternative.  My barrel kiln will cost a lot less than 100$ by the time I'm done.  It's not a big investment in money or time.  

In Topic: Double, Down Draft Oil Barrel Kiln

08 September 2013 - 04:22 PM

That is what I was thinking.  I may just need to try it and fiddle a bit.