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In Topic: Buying A Gas Kiln

Today, 02:50 PM

If you know how to weld, you can build a kiln. If you don't know how to weld, you can learn the basics in an hour with a $200 welder.

In Topic: Buying A Gas Kiln

Today, 01:51 PM

Make sure you're allowed to have a gas kiln where you live. Don't try to do it in secret- it's a big investment wasted if you get shut down. Follow all the zoning and building code rules. If you're planning on selling the pieces you make, then the zoning rules change as soon as you make enough from it to count it on your taxes. Hobbyists are often allowed to have things at their house that businesses aren't, like big gas kilns. It'll all depend on where you live, so do your homework and make sure everything is legal. Being outside the city limits there may not be any rules, but make sure before you invest any money into this project.


Being in Montana, you should have no problem finding someone to build a kiln on site. Just call the Bray. I know a couple of folks in Bozeman that may be able to help you out if needed. Brick and steel work can be done in a couple of days, and just buy the burners from Ward and you're good to go.

In Topic: What Should I Sit My Kiln On?

Today, 01:07 PM


In Topic: Buying A Gas Kiln

Today, 12:56 PM

In addition to the cost of the kiln, you'll need the proper venting setup for a gas kiln, at the very least a hood and natural draft vent. These are usually custom built and can cost several thousand dollars, although some kiln manufacturers have the hood available with the kiln. Also remember the cost of either plumbing the natural gas lines or the cost of a large propane tank.


It should sit on a reinforced concrete slab. Kilns are heavy, and on commercial kilns most of the weight comes down on the four corners of the stand, not spread throughout the entire base of the kiln like a built-on-site model. Make sure your slab can handle it.


Also realize that shipping is going to cost a fair amount, like maybe $800 or more, and you'll need a pallet jack, or possibly a forklift (depending on the size) to unload it form the truck and move it into place. Make sure you can get it from the truck to its spot in the studio. When I sell large front load L&L kilns we go through a 4 page checklist before ordering and measure every doorway and hallway from the truck to the studio to make sure the kiln can get to it's new home. It'll cost you a fair amount to send the kiln back or modify your structure to fit it in.


Bailey builds a nice kiln, although I think all their little fume collection covers are mostly just a marketing gimmick. But they fire well and seem to last a long time.I would go with a single large hood that extends beyond the kiln and captures waste heat as well as fumes. 


Personally, I'm a big fan of power burners. They don't require tall chimneys and have fewer draft/air problems.


From a safety standpoint, any commercial kiln is going to have safety systems that prevent overfiring. You'll just have to make sure that there's enough space around the kiln and adequate venting to keep it from overheating your space. 

In Topic: Looking For Underglaze?

Today, 10:56 AM

You can tint underglazes by mixing colors. Probably your best bet to get something exact. Start with a turquoise and go from there. Be aware that most manufacturer sample tiles are fired at low fire temps, not cone 6.