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We did get to see (by accident) sections of an old dragon kiln. We were just walking down the street. The bricks look like they are still in decent condition. Never have I wanted to break down a fence more than I wanted to break down the flimsy fence that kept us from walking in and through this kiln:

The arches are in excellent shape:

It was another happy accident to see another kiln chamber of the kiln with most of the chimney stack. This was about a block away from the chamber we saw a street above it. It must have been a gigantic kiln in its day:

A close up of the top of the chamber. Those bricks look like they are ready to fire another load:

Date: 2016-10-25 02:22 am (UTC)
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Why was it decommissioned?

Date: 2016-10-25 03:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well our Tour Guide sure didn't know. :-D

My guess is that gas is easier because there are fewer professional potters doing handmade so more difficult to fill a kiln that size????

Date: 2016-10-28 03:43 am (UTC)
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Being a wood-fire potter myself, I certainly understand the labor end of it. Our kiln is small, but it still takes all weekend to fire it, plus wood preparation. Interestingly, the Germans had been firing salt kilns until the government shut them down a couple of decades ago.
Edited Date: 2016-10-28 03:43 am (UTC)

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