Saturday, February 6, 2010

virginia car kiln

Ok folks, here is the last kiln built by shane mickey kiln design services (yes it has a name and is a business). So will baker and I drove up to salem virginia to build a kiln for the powell family, seems it will be used for some classes, a little retirement fun, and by one of the sons as a distant kiln he can fire, since he lives in black mt. Trust me that is not odd to me, i have seen it more than once, potter building a kiln further away. So, I was contracted to build a three shelf car kiln, cone 10 reduction. I love building soft brick kilns, so much more fun and easier than moving a lot of hard brick. Upon arrival I noticed that the slab had been poured with a very healthy 4 inch drop for drainage, YIKES~ Since it was 14 degrees out and we only had 5 solid days to build I had to think outside the box. If you look carefully in this photo you will see the layer of brick that were cut at angles to make up for the 2.5 inch difference from side to side. I know, very lucky on that one. In this photo you can see the initial foundation, I solved the cart by using two different sized pieces of angle iron, it worked out very nicely and you can see by the two sides of the metal cart the difference in terms of the foundation, its way off, which we fixed, see above. Once we overcame that hurdle we moved into wall laying mode. Usually at this point i may send will back to the chimney to work on it, but this site already had an insulted system coming down from the roof, so will worked with me on the walls. Well about right after this pic above was taken and several hours after a killer mexican lunch (CHORIZO), I became violently ill, started vomiting around 6pm and it continued every 15 mins till 5 am. I languished in bed till around 9am. Eventually i got up and made myself go to the hardware store to get materials for the arch form and anything else we would need for the rest of the build. By the time we got back to the job site i was weak, so let will unload the truck and start on the arch layout while i went down to rest. I slept thru lunch and managed to work from around 3-5 that day, we got the arch form built and the run of bricks figured. I then let will lay all the brick but the keybrick. The next morning i was at 70% and was back at it! We managed to finish the arch, start the door and some of the small brick cuts under the arch. For the door i tried to add some more stability. Most car kiln doors, over time, will become loose if the frame is only welded together. Even if it is bolted together the wall can walk. I tried to stop this by running some rod thru the door in notched out brick, only time will tell i guess. you can see the door detail here: Ok, so I found the door to be very exciting, see when you build kilns that are very similar this business can get a bit boring. I try to add new and hopefully better design elements to every kiln i build. One thing this kiln site had that needed to be considered was overhead. The roof was only 8 feet high with two covered beams that hung down another 8 inches. The kiln was a little shorter in height than the average kiln. On top of that i decided to over insulate the arch. This kiln has three layers of ceramic fiber topped with stucco. I have to say that this was one of the best stucco jobs we have every done! I got smart and used a 2x6 wedged between the upright irons, set on top of the skewblocks, this allowed me to really work the edges of the stucco and end up with a very strong and clean edge. Here she is in all her glory: Well this kiln will go down in the books as one of the more interesting builds. When we finished the stucco at 3pm on day six we literally threw stuff in the back of bessie, grabbed a sandwich and left. We thought we would run into some snow, but we hit a helluva snow storm in southern VA. It made for a slow ride home, but a lot of time to talk business. So there you have it, the long story. I will update how she fires once the client sets a date and time for me to go back to fire her up. see ya round the blogosphere shane

12 comments:

Michael Kline said...

Nice work.

Kyle Carpenter said...

what do did you charge those folks? i may need one of these in the future

Linda Starr said...

no more chorizo for you, beautiful kiln, wow I want one.

potrron said...

Kiln looks good, ya done a good job, sorry to hear about being sick, that's tough when your under the gun.

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mikpo said...

Great looking kiln. How does it fire? Burners in the back?

What do you charge for this kiln design and did you supply all materials, including metal framing as well as bricks, etc.?

Thanks - Henry Pope/mikpo pottery

Shane Mickey said...

henry
this kiln was a three 12x24 shelf kiln, decent size. the client payed 13,500 for this kiln, that included all brick, metal, posts, shelves, total turnkey kiln, nothing left out. It has two burners in the back, i design to clients needs/wants to a certain extent. let me know if i can build or consult for you. love your pots by they way!

Move With Me said...

Very snazzy kiln..never seen one quite like that.

sure sux getting ill during the build.

Cheers

A'isha

White Oak Pottery said...

I hope my kiln comes out as nice.

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