How To Build a Kiln

Have time for a spare project?  Or maybe you want to build your own kiln instead of having to take your ceramics elsewhere to be fired.  Well in either case, you can have your very own kiln in your house to use anytime you wish.  It does not take much time or too much patience and work to build.  All you need is some spare tools and the know how to do it.  Here is the information you need for your first kiln project.

The first thing you need to be aware of is the type of kiln you want and its basic shape, once you have the basic design etched out on paper you can proceed to move on with the actual collecting of your supplies.  Your local hardware store will have everything you need from the firebricks to the sheet metal.  To the different saws and drills.  Keep all your supplies close at hand so that you will not have to later hunt them down when you're in the middle of something.

Here comes the really tricky part, put your goggles on to keep your eyes safe and a face mask to ensure that you do not accidentally get any of the dust in your mouth.  After that you’re ready to move on to the hard stuff.  You will need to cut angles into your firebricks for the corner pieces.  Use patience here and make sure you have some extra bricks just in case of an accident.  Once you have all the bricks cut as well as the metal, then you can begin moving on to building your kiln.  Use a smooth surface and start at the bottom of the kiln and work your way upwards.  Use a high heat mortar to join the pieces together, this will ensure that your kiln works properly and will not fall down under the pressure of the heat.  Once you have it all pieced together, let it dry for a total of twenty four hours.

Now that the bricks are dried, you can drill your holes for the heat to enter the kiln and start the wiring for the control box.  Once you have all that set up, you can move your kiln onto a piece of metal, in the place you wish it to remain.  Once its set up, attach your control box to one side of the kiln, and plug it in to ensure that your coils are working fine and that it heats properly.  Once you have this done, you can now fire it up fully and place your ceramics in for its first test run. Remember it may not be perfect the first time, but after a little work and patience, it will soon be operating its way to saving you a lot of money.


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