[Clayart] Gas kiln and tank size question

Dan Saultman design at saultman.com
Wed Apr 27 22:16:47 UTC 2022

When I started out I tried ganging four 100 pounders with a manifold to feed the gas kiln (a catenary arch kiln for cone 10)
I had tried all of the smaller tanks and they all froze up which limited the gas flow. I ended up getting one of those large "pigs".
Even that got a little frosty on top, but it did the job from then on.

> On Apr 27, 2022, at 2:54 PM, Terry Lazaroff <terrylazaroff at gmail.com> wrote:
> This sounds extremely dangerous.   
> Terry
> Sent from my iPad
>> On Apr 27, 2022, at 2:18 PM, Jim Bledsoe <gamesbledsoe at gmail.com> wrote:
>> it will require replumbing to do this
>> turn the tanks over and use liquid supply to the burners
>> this was Paul Soldner's suggestion when i was faced with similar propane
>> freezing issues.
>>> On Tue, Apr 26, 2022 at 12:59 PM Rob M <woodfire at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> I recently acquired a 13 cubic feet updraft kiln. It has 8 MR750 Venturi
>>> burners that initially ran on natural gas. I'm replacing the orifice size
>>> for propane.
>>> I'm clueless as to how much gas this will consume for cone 6 or ideally
>>> cone 10.
>>> Does anyone have experience or knowledge if two 100 pound cylinders linked
>>> together would be adequate, without freezing up with this puppy?
>>> Seems to be a shortage of 250 pound tanks in this area (central FL).
>>> I did read efficiency drops on a greater psi of the gas for these burners.
>>> So I would like to keep it low. 1 psi was 77,000 plus btu’s per burner.
>>> Thank you for the discussion.
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>>> Robert
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