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Old 05-27-2008, 04:46 PM
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This oven is going in at my daughter's house and will be great to educate a couple of new babes about wood fires and cooking.

Should be a blast!!!
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Old 05-27-2008, 04:51 PM
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So here's the start.

Got a call from a demo friend tearing down an old pottery school at a university in Kalamazoo

Firebricks
Insulating Firebricks
Some Concrete Blocks
Some Thin Concrete Blocks
Some Castable Refractory
Even some field stone to split for the oven facing

A whole truckload....
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Old 05-27-2008, 04:52 PM
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and even some pottery.....I'm going to use an abandoned pot for the chimney cap!
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Old 05-27-2008, 04:57 PM
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And there was a wood fired Raku kiln on the property...built underground.

Took 5 days to fire up....2450 degrees!

Hot stuff!
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Old 05-27-2008, 05:00 PM
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And there was a wood fired Raku kiln on the property...built underground.

Took 5 days to fire up....2450 degrees!

Hot stuff!
Wow.. most Raku I have done takes about 1 to 2 hours.

Nice post Jim.

I assume we will get pics of the build?
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Old 05-27-2008, 05:17 PM
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You know Dave, I called it Raku because it was wood fired and earthen, but the higher temps are more for stoneware. The chart on the wall next to the kiln showed it going to cone 10 after 5 days.

Who knows how many times the kiln was used or at what other temps.

Those three pots were in the rafters above the kiln and looked like raku to me.
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Old 05-27-2008, 06:12 PM
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Wow what a haul! I love getting great used stuff!

Good luck with the build-

Are those big jugs???
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Old 05-27-2008, 06:52 PM
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Raku is big fun. I can't believe they let us high school students grab red hot pots out of the kiln and throw them into oil soaked sawdust! Wouldn't happen in any public school today, I suspect.



So, are you going to re-work the existing shed as a bakehouse? Stick the dome out the back like they did in the 18th century? That would be way cool.

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Jim,
That kiln is what is known as a goundhog kiln and was for stoneware.
It might take a potter months to make enough wares to load one... and typically it would fire for a few days ....maybe a week to 10 days before it cools enough to unload. There were supposedly some in Asia that would take an entire village of potters over a year to fill.

I spent a couple hours chatting with a potter last month who moved a groundhog kiln over from SC to an old textile mill museum down in Augusta GA. He was planning to fire it up that night, but I couldn't stick around. He said that he starts firing it at 3 a.m. because there is less traffic on the interstate about a mile away. Said that it never fails that someone will end up calling the fire department because the flames shoot so far up out the chminey, they think the old mill is burning. Bought a great jug from him.
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Old 05-27-2008, 09:39 PM
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Really cool pics of the kiln SJ. Thanks for posting. I can't wait to see what you build. I wish I lived next door. I'd be over there every day.
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