bryant berry

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you guys have given lots to think about. i understand how alot of kilms work. but you also have to remember that people dont make kilns for a brick or two, and if they do they are not efficient either . any kiln that can actually call its self a kiln will be made for the sole purpose of making multiple things in a timely efficient manner. what i want to achieve is small compared to any kiln. and i dont want to fire outside with a pile of wood because that would waste my wood and that seems like it would take an expert or tribe to pull off right. and i dont have the money to make a whole separate kiln to barley use, maybe in the future if i can find a way to sell the bricks and after getting the rest of the farm set up. i will definitely make a new topic when i get to the point of setting it up. its going to be awhile. if anyone has any other idea on what i wana achieve, please chime in. ill probably have to make a custom insulation castings to go over the barrel to surround the stuff i want to firer. ill look into that bell method that was spoken of, but i dont want to do to many modifications from the original design. other then adding a couple things it should still be a cool traditional build whether i scrap the kiln idea or not. im excited to play in the dirt this next year.
4 years ago
i thought a plate might be to hard to achieve. trinkets would be interesting to make. like i said i just want this for hobby purposes. i want the kiln to be very small/micro anyways. and if it doesnt work out i will still have a working rmh. i understand its kind of a weird extra thing to want that not many people would find interest or even go through the hassle. but i just wana be artistic and multipurpose things. and i might have it heating a green house so i dont think over heating the space in the winter will hurt. i dont plan to do this during the summer. the building i want to make will be hooked on to the green house in order to heat and hang out with my plants. the cob building will be made to keep the rmh away from anything combustible or melt-able. i do understand heat and heat control is my issue.. im not saying its not. and that probably will be the final issue i have to keep dealing with that makes me quit. but i just like the thought of making things with things i made lol. are the ash clean out caps pretty airtight? no one really chimed in on that yet.
4 years ago
i think this would also be a good way to make dining plates as well maybe. and all that was truly meant by my metaphors was that i want to build something that has not been put together in such a way that it performs the task i want and deliver me to place that im happy. a place where i can fire clay if i felt like it.. and not make a business out of it to make it worth while.. and before telling me its not doable because of today's practices and methods doesnt mean im still not going to try... so you should help if you can.. or ill be lost at sea/space.. but thankfully i wont die if this fails... i just want help at what might be a fruitless task in areas i need help... either way its my failure or success.. so dont take it personally.. i just wanted blunt help.. not round about ways of saying you cant help.. because i dont see anywhere where someone has tried this and failed... maybe its supposed to be me.. i really like the comments so far.. this is a very active forum..
4 years ago
well what are the temps needed for a bisque fire? and to avoid leaks with the barrel i will probably just make something that sits on top of it and insulate. i know i might have to deal with the barrel getting to hot and disintegrating and replacing it or using different metal. isnt the heat coming directly from the heat riser still super heated? i would just have to trap it correct? the only reason i even thought of this idea was because rmh could easily reach 2000+ in the burn chamber and riser and i only need atleast 1500-1800 for a normal decorative brick. the time varies alot.. some go for just a couple hours to a couple day.. and the rmh would hold enough heat to slowly let them cool. also letting the bricks dry a lot helps with cracking to, which was the reason for the drying chamber. im not trying to make factory made quality bricks.. or fire bricks... and all i need is thermal mass and insulation to control the temps and hold them in the oven, so i dont see how my bricks would cool off to quick. i also thought the rmh would be a good way to control temps since im not directly over a fire and i can have it insulated and safe inside the oven topper and vent excess heat in oven if its created.
4 years ago
ive looked into making bricks... i know what temps are required.. im not trying to make a constitution brick that requires long firings. some bricks use shorter firing times. it depends on what you want. and a mass heater can create high enough temps... i just have to insulate to hold them
4 years ago
well im sorry for sounding contradictory but ive been on this forum a long time and i can read how people will get completely side tracked and completely take over the thread and not help very much... yes i know its going to be difficult.. and yes its new... and as you can see most people are saying its just not possible even tho they only have one perspective of what is achievable and why its wrong and dont help... i just wanted help on certain problems and help with the idea... i can decide on my own if its worth it... we crossed an ocean that we knew no end to in a sail boat... it took time to build the right boat.. but we made it and it came to America. it just took time... thats all i meant by the moon metaphor. but we thought it was impossible...
4 years ago
and i think personally this can be more efficient/cheaper then me making a kiln i dont use enough and me having a rmh that just makes heat for a room... i could wear a jacket if i really cared about efficiency of my rmh.. I DONT CARE ABOUT MAKING THE BRICKS EFFICIENTLY. they would just be a by product of heating the room and burning wood. im not trying to open a brick shop... but i like messing with clay but not enough to set up and run a kiln...
4 years ago
how air tight are these caps? airtight? thats kinda what i thought was out there, some kind of cap. well i also might not try and have multiple chambers. maybe just one before firing, and that wont add much to the original design other the the topper i would have to make to try and create an oven on top of the barrel. but i want this topper to come off as well so that it works as a normal rmh with out a fan. i dont mind using a fan to put more heat into the top of the barrel when i need it. why wouldn't the insulated oven work well? and would only having one pre drying chamber at the ash clean out be more feasible? and just dry longer prior? it doesnt have to be a big chamber in the exhaust, just enough to move air around the bricks. i just thought more would be cool. do these clean out cap you speak of come in different sizes?
4 years ago
this is why im asking about leaks and seals... i wont do it if its hazardous to my health.. thats why im asking about access points... if they cant be made then the project is dead.. i cant make a space age seal.. but i can make alot.. im sure someone out there has an idea. and i really just want to make it have more then one purpose... i can heat water, and cook food. but i feel there is always more you can do.. and i wana use the heat. and any bricks in the system would add heat mass.
4 years ago
no one answered my question about door/access point making. except for the barrel top seal advice. i know it will not be efficient. its not made to be, i just wanted to have something extra to do on the farm. and i figured making one or two bricks a day i wouldn't hurt myself. so i wouldnt even call it small scale brick making. its just using what i have to make something else happen. i dont want to make a whole kilm, i will never have that many bricks to do at once. i like the idea about stacking them on top of the cob bench to dry but i had already planed to do that as well as other outside drying stages in the barn. i do feel that the temps are possible above the heat riser, i will just need a thermal mass, insulation, and forced air to keep it from stalling. and i figured because the whole oven has a lot of thermal mas that that the temperatures it creates would be fairly constant and would slowly lower back down to room temp like in a kiln. does anyone know how much humidity is in the exhaust? alot of people wet the bricks during the drying process to keep the outside wet and the inside slowly drying. but the humidity at different temps throughout the exhaust would make a difference and difficult.

I want help with access points... dont tell me its not possible... nothing is done/bought yet.. so if you cant help, dont. we put people on the moon for no reason.

how hot is the exhaust at certain points? and has anybody ever took humidity readings in the exhaust? what kind of access point do you use for your ask pits? and no one answered my questions about leaks and their effect on the system.
4 years ago