Does anyone have any plans for building a small burnout kiln?
I have a couple ideas that might prove helpful. There is a book
by Dave Gingery called _Li'l Bertha: A compact Electric
Resistance Shop Furnace_. It deals with a larger furnace suitable
for melting aluminum, but I think you could scale it down easily.
It is published by Lindsay Publications, P.O Box 538 - HC6,
Bradley, IL 60915-0538. Lindsay publishes and sells wonderful
old books about building machinery, and anyone interested in
building almost any mechanical device should have their catalog.
Another good source for plans is Wood-Met Services Inc., 3314 W.
Shoff Cir., Peoria, IL 61604. They have plans for all sorts of
wood and metal working tools and machines, and their plan sets #
144 and #145 deal with investment casting equipment. I haven't
seen these particular sets, but I have bought others from them.
They're not particularly for beginners; it helps to have a lathe
and a mill and some experience but they're filled with good
ideas. You can always have the work done elsewhere that you
can't do yourself.
Good luck! Neal Nye @nnye