A selection of YouTube videos of people making their own elements:
Jakob Halskov https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnctvXK8ZzM - designing and making elements, including making a feeder
Heath Putname https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dx1HvxEquYw - making a simple feeder for drill
Pierre's Garage https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jBu25RZLHE - just using a drill and hand
Robert Murray-Smith https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CxunHQVJ8M - using a lather or drill and hand
Robert Vance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_-tSY-zONc - drill is pulled along a track
Rouban r.K. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7irK8VgML_8 - commercial making of elements on a lathe
In addition to buying from the kiln manufacturer or their dealers, the following also supply kiln elements, often at better prices. Many will also make up custom elements to your spec as well.
Kilns & Furnaces
Kinetica - Byron Jones
Potteries Kilns - Robert Lear
Roman Instruments - Clive Shellard - email him at email@example.com with a picture of the data plate of the kiln for a quote
The Kiln Engineer / Process Control Systems
Type R and S only.
Clayman R type and S type
eBay - very cheap prices from China. no idea how good they are
Mitsco - very good value!
Various types of insulation for the kilns.
|Name||Supplier||URL||Max operating temp C||Dims mm||Density kg/m³||Thermal conductivity W/mK||Specific heat capacity J/kgK||Vol. heat capacity J/m³K||£ ex VAT||£/m³||Notes|
|Calcium Silicate boards||Kiln Linings||https://www.kilnlinings.co.uk/Kiln-Linings/calcium-silicate-boards||1000||1000 x 610 x 25 / 40 / 50 / 75||1000||0.185||950||20 / 25 / 30 / 50||Good compressive strength and damp proof, but brittle|
|Ceramic fibre paper||Kiln Linings||https://www.kilnlinings.co.uk/Kiln-Linings/ceramic-fibre-paper||1260||30m x 610 x 2 / 20m x 610 x 3 / 10m x 610 x 5||108 - 240||0.12@600C, 0.24@1000C||1130||97 / 95 / 85||Tech data from PAR Group. Goes to powder when over fired|
|Firebrick 42GD||Kiln Linings||https://www.kilnlinings.co.uk/Kiln-Linings/Firebricks||230 x 114 x 25 / 38 / 51 / 64 / 76||1.26 / 1.75 / 2.55 / 2.15 / 2.39||42% alumina. Other sizes available|
|LBP Ceramic fibre paper||Kiln Linings||https://www.kilnlinings.co.uk/Kiln-Linings/ceramic-fibre-paper||1200||60m x 610 x 1 / 15m x 500 x 3||128 - 160||0.0659@260C, 0.221@800C||1130||97 / 138 / 132||Tech data from Lydall LyTherm. Less harmful than standard paper|
|Vermiculite||Kiln Linings||https://www.kilnlinings.co.uk/Kiln-Linings/fireclay-vermiculite/vermiculite-bag||100l bag of 3-15mm grains||27.75|