Kiln Components

Making Your Own Elements

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 clive.shellard@hotmail.co.uk with a picture of the data plate of the kiln for a quote
The Kiln Engineer / Process Control Systems

Thermocouple Suppliers

Type R and S only.
Blue Matchbox
Castree Kilns
Clayman R type and S type
Corby Kilns
Cromartie Hobbycraft
eBay - very cheap prices from China. no idea how good they are
Mitsco - very good value!
Potteries Kilns
Potters Connection
Stafford Instruments
Stanton Kilns
Sterling Sensors
TC Direct
Ulster Ceramics

Kiln Furniture


Various types of insulation for the kilns.

NameSupplierURLMax operating temp CDims mmDensity kg/m³Thermal conductivity W/mKSpecific heat capacity J/kgKVol. heat capacity J/m³K£ ex VAT£/m³Notes
Calcium Silicate boardsKiln Liningshttps://www.kilnlinings.co.uk/Kiln-Linings/calcium-silicate-boards10001000 x 610 x 25 / 40 / 50 / 7510000.185950 20 / 25 / 30 / 50 Good compressive strength and damp proof, but brittle
Ceramic fibre paperKiln Liningshttps://www.kilnlinings.co.uk/Kiln-Linings/ceramic-fibre-paper126030m x 610 x 2 / 20m x 610 x 3 / 10m x 610 x 5108 - 2400.12@600C, 0.24@1000C1130 97 / 95 / 85 Tech data from PAR Group. Goes to powder when over fired
Firebrick 42GDKiln Liningshttps://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 paperKiln Liningshttps://www.kilnlinings.co.uk/Kiln-Linings/ceramic-fibre-paper120060m x 610 x 1 / 15m x 500 x 3128 - 1600.0659@260C, 0.221@800C1130 97 / 138 / 132 Tech data from Lydall LyTherm. Less harmful than standard paper
VermiculiteKiln Liningshttps://www.kilnlinings.co.uk/Kiln-Linings/fireclay-vermiculite/vermiculite-bag 100l bag of 3-15mm grains 27.75