Photo: David Dulberger
Anagama kiln shed
A kiln shed provides a unique opportunity to add beauty and functionality to a kiln site. Im not sure about the beauty aspect, but both of the sheds that I've built do function very well. The anagama shed has been added onto twice since its original construction, first for extra wood storage and a second time to cover the door of the kiln from weather during loading/unloading and firing. This shed also has large vents along the east facing side for smoke ventilation, which can be opened during a firing and closed when the kiln is not in use. This shed measures 32'x42' with a 21'x14' extension.
Soda and train kiln shed
When pricing materials for this shed I knew I could save a lot of money by searching local classifieds for used and repurposed items. Along the way I found an entire apple processing factory that had been dismantled and was being sold off piece by piece. I made a deal with the owner for all of the columns and headers that I would need and hauled them back to the kiln site on a flatbed trailer. Instead of pressure treated lumber I ended up using industrial sized painted steel columns and beams. Because of the size and shape that I came up with, I ended up ordering custom trusses and roofing metal. I also bought a few extra beams and columns to use as support for a rolling kiln door for the anagama kiln. This shed measures 32'x44' with a 15'x'17' extension.