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  1. Hi Guys, I have a small test kiln from paragon that has one peep hole and no vent. Everyone that I have contacted says that small test kilns don't need to be vented, just prop the lid open for the first few hours of firing and then close it. I have not had any success with this. I tried keeping it propped open until it reaches 1400 degrees, however it never reaches that temperature probably because the heat is escaping. It's mainly affecting my red glazes right now, however all of my glazes come out very dark and the red ones look burnt and brown ALL the time. After doing a lot of research, I can only guess that its because there isn't proper ventilation happening inside of the kiln. Is there a way that I can vent the kiln myself? I can't really afford an actual venting system right now, and I don't even know if those would work on my kiln because it's so small. Does anyone have any recommendations?
  2. Hello everyone, I've been pursuing the forums a while... Wanting to get your thoughts - I'm trying to make a low fire propane kiln loosely based on Ian Gregory's flat pack kiln design. (http://www.ian-gregory.co.uk/kilns.html#flatpack) In my infinite wisdom, I jumped head first and just started building... Now I'm a bit worried. Will this end up a smoldering pile of hot metal? I have no idea how much heat is going to get through to the iron shell. Forgive the photo, I've yet to attach the side piece to the top of the grill.
  3. Hi, does anyone know where you can dig clay in or near Miami, FLorida. - Thanx
  4. We are a new, open-to-the-public, teaching pottery studio located inside the local mall. Our business plan was developed with an underlying premise that we would be able to offer wheel throwing, hand building, glazing instruction to anyone who walked or rolled through our doors. The studio is laid out to be as wheelchair accessible as possible. Now we just need that wheelchair accessible wheel. The Amaco 16 is way, way out of our budget. Does anyone have any ideas? We are wondering if attaching the leg mechanism from an automatic standing desk to a wheel attached to a work table might be viable?
  5. Let me know what works for you as far as prioritizing gifts that need to be thrown or hand built for the holiday season. This will be my first season making gifts for friends and family and I have a long list so far (at least 20 to start with). Any tips on making it a stress-free endeavor? Signed, The Newbie
  6. As some of you may know from my other thread.. i'm working on building my own propane kiln and a woodfire kiln so i can have access to multiple firing methods at my home. I also wanted to be able to cast my own metal molds so i could press clay easily, so i built a crucible with an empty propane tank (it never had anything flammable in it), a couple bags of quicrete, a 2 and one half foot steal pipe and a bellows (hair dryer works good to). it works GREAT(i'll give greater details if anybody is interested)! But that's not why i'm writing this thread. While watching videos on YouTube.. I came across a guy that built a small woodfire kiln with 8 concrete blocks (the thin type), 1 steel screen (for the second level shelf), 4 bricks, 1 small steel plate/sheet and a butt load of wood chips/shavings. all he did was build a 4 block square, filled it with pottery, stuffed it with wood chips, laid down the screen, placed 4 more blocks, filled & stuffed (as before), placed the 4 small bricks kiddie-cornered on the edges, lit the chips on fire, placed the sheet on top and walked away. the video didn't show him pulling the pieces out so i didn't get to see how well it worked. Have any of you ever tried this method? If not.. What backyard kiln methods HAVE you tried (if any)? Once again.. Any and all feedback would be most welcome Thank you in advance.
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