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Pottery Kiln Design, Construction and Operation - Wood Fired Kilns

The next three episodes will be a series on Pottery Kiln Design, Construction and Operation with this episode focused on Wood Fired Kilns.

Are you curious about different methods of firing pottery? Interested in participating in a wood firing? Are you thinking about building your own kiln? Wood firing is currently enjoying a renaissance with an increasing number of practitioners and a wide variety of approaches. This month’s discussion is an overview of the wood firing process and various kiln designs.

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Pottery Kilns Design Construction and Operation - Gas Fired Kilns

This is the second of a three episode series on Pottery Kiln Design, Construction and Operation with this episode focused on Gas Fired Kilns.
Are you curious about different methods of firing pottery? This month we focus on gas firing with an overview of the fuels, burners, kilns, and firing procedures. How does natural gas differ from propane? What are the features of the different burner designs? What are some good practices for firing?

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Pottery Kilns Design Construction and Operation - Electric Kilns

Introduction to Pottery Kilns: Design, Construction, and Operation
This is the last of the three-part series and this episode is focused on electric kilns with special emphasis on differences in the procedures used for firing compared to fuel-burning kilns. Electric kilns offer a number of advantages, but they also have shortcomings, and because of the apparent ease of operation, they can contribute to poor firing practices. We’ll talk about tips for avoiding problems and achieving better results.

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Build Your Own Gas Fired Raku Kiln

Got an old electric kiln that doesn’t work anymore? How about turning it into a raku kiln? Gas-fired raku kilns are generally simple in design and small in size. As such, they are easy to construct using metal barrels or old electric kiln bodies. The discussion at the February Round Table Meeting will be about methods, materials, and equipment used to construct gas fired raku kilns, and also about tips for successful firings.

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