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I picked up a old 1980s J.W. Good kiln made here in Indiana.. not alot of info out there on these kilns as their out of buisness now.. size is 23 X 22 .. took me 2 hrs to grind off all the Kiln wash .. its actually in decent shape considering its age... But, the top needs new hi temp mortar between the bricks. is there a brand you trust more than others or are they all pretty much the same? maybe a recipe that will work? im also thinking of putting in a layer of 2600 F blanket on the inside. the kiln has alot of factory holes in it and it is a section style .. im thinking the blanket will help keep unwanted air out and help protect the brick .. so my question here is - do i need to use a rigidizer on it or can i just use some of the joint mortar mix to hold it in place ? Bill Kielb sent me a pretty good design to follow , Thanks Bill.. the design calls for 2'' of open floor space for the downdraft into the flue opening.. im going to add a layer of soft brick to the bottom to give me that 2'' without losing it.. so the kiln will actually be 21 wide since im adding the blanket and 24 tall...