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Construction of Raku Kiln

Bringing the Pieces Together
Pieces from two old electric kiln are combined together to make one, Propane burning Raku kiln.

This kiln is designed after some popular commercial models, with what I beleive to be, some valuable modifcations. First, I used a tripod support that is on wheels, for mobility. Second, the pullies and cable are located on the outside edge and out of line with the flue.

One of the most helpful resources in the modification OR renovation of two old electric kilns, for firing Raku, was Steve Branfman's "Raku-A Practical Approach. 2nd Edition"

The base of this kiln is one of the old lids, resting on a welded platform, 9" off the ground. The firebox (first ring) is set on top of that. The space inside the firebox is divided up with Insulating Fire Brick, which distribute the flame and support the first shelf.

Attending to Points of Weakness
Banding that holds the stainless steel jacket together is replace/reinforced with adjustable pipe/plumbing straps. And, one of the 9" rings is sacrificed to replace those bricks that are chipped and/or deteriorating.