[Clayart] Tanks, etc.

William Schran wschran at cox.net
Sat Jul 2 08:58:36 EDT 2016


We were very lucky where I taught to have natural gas supply, but for our
raku kiln we used #30 propane tanks that I would place in a bath of water
so as to get every bit of gas. We had to have a locked cage for storage.
The reason for storing in cages and chaining up when in use is very much
the same as with welding shops storing tanks and chaining them when in use
so as not to be accidentally knocked over. This has been true even before
issues of terrorism.

The best way to go would be a #500 tank that could have a locked fence
around it with a sufficient sized main line buried until it came up near
the kilns. The tank remains the propane company property, so there is no
expense with that, and the U pays only for the gas. Having a larger tank
will allow for many more firings with constant needed pressure. Smaller
tanks loose pressure because they begin to freeze up as the amount of
liquid gas left in the tank is small and the change to gas causes a
refrigeration effect. Cold water from a hose pouring over the tank
actually warms the tank and allows for use of more of the gas. Having one
larger tank may well actually save money in the long run, as you will be
able to use more of the propane in the tank.


Bill Schran
wschran at cox.net

On 7/1/16, 10:47 PM, "Clayart on behalf of dianamp--- via Clayart"
<clayart-bounces at lists.clayartworld.com on behalf of
clayart at lists.clayartworld.com> wrote:

>Thanks Mel for the many compliments.
>I do not deserve them all :)
>I asked about propane tanks and their subtleties
>because I don't know everything about them.
>I have used propane successfully in the past, now
>we are having some difficulties.
>We have to separate the two 200 pound tanks because one
>sits on one side of the catenary kiln near the burner port at
>the back of the kiln. The other sits at the diagonally opposite
>corner of the kiln in the front, near the other burner port.
>We may, in the future have to use only 100 pound tanks and
>shift them in the middle of the firing. I don't have a final
>answer from the U about this.
>To explain one of the university's concerns and solutions:
>they will put some permanent posts in the ground where
>the rubber hose crosses from the tank to the port so that
>no one can walk past and trip over the tank hoses.
>On both sides. I understand their concern for safety.
>I didn't know that the tanks had to be kept in cages when
>not in use, and didn't know that they had to be chained up
>while in use, so that they couldn't be moved.
>These are safety measures that are perhaps more
>important now with all of the concern about "terrorists".
>I have another question about the loading of the kiln.
>I put in three shelf stacks which are a tight fit, when I
>fired it before. I was often told that kilns fire better "full".
>That the ware absorbs the heat and "radiates" to the rest
>of the stack, which actually facilitates the heat rise.
>The last couple of salt firings had only two stacks. In my
>experience, soft brick gas reduction kilns fire best when
>really "stuffed". And my recollection of the salt firing in this
>kiln is that it also fired best when "stuffed". Am I wrong
>about that? 
>Thanks again for all the help Clayart members provide.
>I am indebted to you. There are so many subtleties to
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "mel jacobson via Clayart" <clayart at lists.clayartworld.com>
>To: "clay" <clayart at lists.clayartworld.com>
>Cc: "mel jacobson" <melpots2 at visi.com>
>Sent: Friday, July 1, 2016 10:09:24 PM
>Subject: [Clayart] diana's tanks
>just a side bar: 
>she is having a bit of a hard time with the grounds and safety people
>at the university. there is a controversy with what sort of tanks for
>propane can be used,
>locked up, chained up, caged up. i have told her why do they not have
>500 gallon tanks? seems odd as hell.
>but, you all know institutions. those cannot be used. and the 200's
>are not 
>linked. odd. 
>we have been talking on the phone about this. someone told her about
>the high pressure/upper half. it too is odd. regulated tanks should
>not have dramatic 
>change in pressure. that's what regulators do, regulate pressure. our
>propane tanks at the farm maintain pressure all through the firings. we
>have two 
>500's and one 250. one 500 is linked to the 250. (we can turn off the
>linkage and 
>run them alone.) we use quick connects for most of our burners. we
>can change 
>burners to do raku, salt, and two stoneware kilns. we fired 16 times
>in ten days 
>this past hay creek. (the raku kiln ran almost all day, every day.) all
>my tanks are at 
>about 65 percent full as of this morning, as
>i checked. that is very inexpensive firing. but, we get after it. no
>waste time. 
>we do not waste propane. (when i pay the bill i do not want it wasted.
>1,250 gallons 
>costs a lot of money.) it was around a buck and quarter a gallon last
>it reached 6 bucks a gallon two years ago.
>i think there are some folks that have no clue. diana is a top
>potter and teacher. years of experience. i would trust her with any
>firing, wood, gas, salt, whatever. and she knows how to use propane.
>just my take. i think it is about `old ladies stuff`. man, do i hate
>glad i am not there, i would hurt someone. smack goes the 2x4.
>p.s. i know colleen sure admires diana. she taught colleen the huge
>pot theory that she challenges students with. colleen turned that
>lesson into some really
>huge pots at the u of minnesota. jaw dropping pots.
>from: minnetonka, mn
>website: www.melpots.com
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