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  1. This argument is always something I'm extremely suspicious of, and while it may not be that you intend it the way I read it, it's worth exploring a bit, none the less: Did Michelangelo, Bernini, Canova, Carpeaux, Clodion or Pigalet prefer silicone carbide or cordierite shelves for their wood fired terracottas? How about stacking and properly firing early Indian lifesize clay figures? (most of which were fired by merely making a bonfire right up against the work in place -- highly underfired and yet they've survived 1000 years with outstretched arms with individual fingers making gra
  2. Hi Neil, In my case, I'm not a potter, nor am I using glazes, nor am I firing to higher temperatures, nor am I stacking regular forms -- I can definitely see how stacking a set of regular forms would likely benefit from kiln shelves, but some of your comments really don't have much to do with the particulars of my stated application. So, I think you've tended to re-enforce the idea that kiln shelves go hand and hand with a need to consistently stack sets of glazed pots efficiently, and thus, they are of more limited utility for low-fire, unglazed terracotta figure sculptures. You've
  3. Excellent! Thanks to both of you for the reassurances. It sounds like I can ignore kiln shelf advice I'm reading in my particular application. It was seeming to be a blocker before since some of the kiln building books say "start designing your kiln with what sized kiln shelves you will use." The way I am understanding it at this point is that the kiln shelf usage has to do with the aesthetic requirements of the final product (neatness, consistency) and/or fusing issues at higher temps through either natural (ash) or artificial glazing. So basically, at least in my application, If I
  4. As I get towards building my first wood-fired kiln I'm undergoing a bit of both sticker shock and "dependency-shock" with the recommended kiln shelves. I.e. they are both ridiculously expensive and dependent on substantially sophisticated manufacturing processes and materials. First of all, does anyone know what, historically, was used for kiln shelves? If I was going to fire a terracotta in 1650 italy, would there be such a thing as a kiln shelf and if so what would it be made of? My assumption is that works were just loose stacked, as in pit firing. Or, if not that, then simply stacked
  5. Liambesaw, I appreciate your first-hand experience -- just the sort of advice I'm looking for. My understanding was that the both IFB and fiber are best used as an outside insulation to a mass-based structure for more reasonable cool-down performance and more durable structure. In this case, not seeing how the fiber would degrade much (no direct flame/ash contact, maximum temperature exposure well under its rating, etc). Do you feel that IFB by itself would be appropriate for a wood-fired kiln? Would single-course caternary be structurally sound enough? If so, I could conceivabl
  6. I posted last-year about wood-firing or propane firing for low-fire sculpture. The responses were really helpful and I've spent a good amount of time researching and understanding my options. But now comes the hard part: making actual purchases. While I will be getting into specifics of design shortly, right now the questions I am trying to settle are more on technologies. Cost is a major concern. I have the 21st Century Kilns book and have browsed through a few other sources (Finch, Olsen and Ian Gregory). Something keeps confusing me, though. It seems that a lot of people speak as
  7. Thanks for those excellent starting points! I will dig in on them. Yes, if it was possible to custom build the kiln to the project that would be ideal -- it would probably tie me to propane and technology more, but it would also probably be very fuel efficient and possibly allow me to fire things that couldn't be fired otherwise without a great deal of infrastructure if I had to build a conventional firing box.
  8. I've been a renter and have moved around most of these years so up until now I was never able to consider building a kiln. But after many years of dreaming, we bought land last summer and built a small house and I'm now ready to start planning my studio and kiln. Fortunately (or unfortunately), depending on your perspective, we are off grid. So electric is off the list, as are any significantly-drawing electric controllers. We also have plenty of wood resources (13.5 acres). I'm a bit of a purist so I'd prefer to do wood firing, but it might be wiser to build an initial propane kiln to ge
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