This kiln in particular is one I designed to allow a single individual to fire it. It is based off of a typical shell design and will fire up to ten pieces depending on the size of each piece. I built it for under a $100 and its been up and running for over a year now. I have fired it up close to 200 times and it still hasn't needed a single repair. There are other designs out there, but none for under $500. Either you pay for the plans and the cost of materials is high, or you buy a pre-made kiln from a company, but that will cost you even more.
Glazing the Piece
For glazing my work there are a few different routes I go.
This process gives the piece a nice even coat of glaze and
tends to give a simple
Loading the Kiln
While loading the kiln there are a few simple things to remember.
-position the pieces on your kiln shelf.
-make sure that no pieces ares extending over the shelf.
-space your pieces so they do not stick together during the firing.
-clean off the bottoms of all your pieces so they don't stick to your shelf.
Getting the kiln fired up
Starting your burner
-turn burner regulator completely off
-turn propane turn all the way up (to build pressure in your gas line)
-slowly turn regulator on and spark with flint starter
-check kiln every 5-10 minutes and turn regulator up (or until there is a change in the sound)
Prep for the Post Reduction Firing
Loading the reduction chamber
-find any combustible material
(newspaper, sawdust, dried leaves/grass, shredded paper, etc.)
-fill bottom of garbage can a few inches high
-build walls of material up the sides