My gas kiln is powered by two venturi burners, of uncertain specification and unknown origin. I have a feeling that they are more than a little inefficient, and in any case are sometimes very finicky to use. I also suspect that they are over-powered for the size of kiln I have. It may be that they could be re-jetted, or something, but to be honest I'd rather just get some modern burners.
So, before I buy some new burners, I'd like to be sure I'm getting the correct specification.
The kiln is a traditionally designed down-draft, more or less cubic in shape, with a sprung arch. The overall interior volume is 20 cubic feet.
The burners fire horizontally into minimally bag-walled fireboxes, from diametrically opposite corners.
Gas is bottled propane.
The walls of the kiln are 4-inch thick soft IFBs, with a further 2 inch layer of ceramic fibre on the outside.
Chimney is a little over 12 feet.
The maximum performance required from the kiln is to fire to cone 6 in 8 hours (less would be good). Often, I'm only firing earthenware to cone 03.
According to what I can find, the kiln theoretically requires 200,000 Btu per hour, so 2 x 100,000 Btu burners should be about right.
Any kiln gurus out there who can tell me if I'm about right in my findings? I'd like to get it right!
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