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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

New Kiln Posts arrive

New kiln posts arrived yesterday. These are from a company called Carolex. Anyone heard of them? The enclosed note said, "We are sending samples (samples?) of our round 3",5", and 6" posts that we use in high fire kilns. We will be making the 8" and 10" next and firing them shortly thereafter. We will ship when ready. We are sorry for the problems you have had and hope this will correct them. Wishing you a happy holiday."
Well, thank you Olympic for getting these to me, I guess. I have never seen posts like these. I did a Google search for kiln post and not one image of these came up. What do I have here?!?! Has anyone ever used these or seen them? They are so fat, they are going to take up even more room in my already limited size kiln. I have only used the square kind, but these do look substantial, so we'll give them a try as soon as the holidays are over and I will let you know how it goes........it's like a soap opera, isn't it!? Stay tuned.................
PS: After this post, I called Carolex to ask them about these posts, that apparently can fire to ^12, the owner had nothing but nice things to say about Olympic and seemed genuinely eager to help out in any way, he was very nice,
so............... the story continues :)

11 comments:

jimgottuso said...

it's like sherlock holmes... the case of the missing and then replaced but huge and round kiln posts.

Dirt-Kicker Pottery said...

Those look pretty cool. I've never seen round kiln posts before. I wonder if they will be as stable as the square ones. You will have to let us know how you like them.

cindy shake said...

Glad you got some replacements -I guess(?) hmmmm...my first thought was that they will take up more room(?) I think it is frustrating that you can't get regular old kiln posts that you're used to that WON'T explode!

Linda Starr said...

Those look great, what is their diameter? I'm thinking along the same lines as everyone else and wondering if they will work ok. I am thinking of putting a round peg in a square hole. I always liked that phrase and now I got to use it. Ha.

cookingwithgas said...

You know- we use cut bricks.
But those even though they are round should do the trick!
Merry Christmas to you, Gerry and Wesley!

traceybroome@mindspring.com said...

Well, Ya'll they are going to have to work 'cause it's all I got!

createniks said...

Looks like petrified toilet paper rolls.

ang said...

hi trace they are very similar to the ones we use at the club and i have at home they're just thicker...ie mine have a larger hole in the middle...no dramas at all only when i drop on my feet!!! hope they stand up well...no pun intended..

Judy Shreve said...

Those are some sturdy looking kiln posts! I've never seen any like them either. Hope they work well for you. Let us know!

Patricia Griffin said...

Looks like we'll all be awaiting word on how these work for you! They do look odd, but the proof is in the pudding, er, pottery, right?

Hollis Engley said...

Never heard of Carolex, Tracey, but that doesn't mean they won't work just fine. I use some smaller round posts at times to gain or lose a bit of height. Round or square doesn't much matter, except for the business of taking up more space. i'm guessing they'll be fine. But you'll hold your breath until you open the kiln next time.
Merry Christmas to NC from CC!