The Kiln Book by Frederick L. Olsen is the essential book for anyone slightly interested in kilns.
“This book is considered the kiln bible and is well established as a classic in its field.” says A & C Black on Googlebooks, and so right he is. I would not know the little I know about woodkilns without this book. Fredrick has dedicated his life to kilns and his teaching will go forever with this book. I remember a conversation I had with and glaze tech. who was getting her new gas kiln installed- with eyes shining she said- “isn’t it the best!” and it is. Kilns don’t have to be monstrous mysteries because of this book!
The book has ten Chapters:
Chapter 1: Refractory Materials and Applications
Chapter 2: Methods of Kiln Construction
Chapter 3: Principles of Design
Chapter 4: Cross-draft Kilns
Chapter 5: Downdraft Kilns
Chapter 6: Updraft Kilns
Chapter 7: Multidirectional Draft Kilns
Chapter 8: Fuels, Combustion and Firing Systems
Chapter 9 Electric Kilns
Chapter 10; Specialty Kilns, Innovations, Ideas, Etc.
This basically shows that all the bases are covered. I actually own two copies of this book. You can get it off of the net at Amazon or at any pottery supply store, or the website.. check out http://www.olsenkilns.com/kilnbook.htm
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