Saturday, August 10, 2013

Brick Kiln

Most of the industrial equipment from the brickworks has disappeared but the kilns used to fire the bricks remain mainly intact in the 52,000 sq ft kiln house. The kilns are quite impressive and were originally 376 ft long and are known as tunnel kilns in which carts loaded with raw bricks would enter at one end of the tunnel and move along over the next 2 1/2 days going through areas of rising temperatures and then cooler ones until exiting as hard fired bricks at the other end. There have been some modifications made to the kilns by Evergreen since it seems that they have been shortened to provide better access to parts of the building. This is a shot looking down the interior of one of the kilns towards the starting point and shows the wonderful arched brick roof and the tracks on which the carts would have rolled.

17 comments:

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Super shot Pat..we have an old brickworks here too, made me wonder how they fire bricks these days..must be a similar but faster production process I guess !

William Kendall said...

Fascinating!

Karen said...

I love the light at the end of the tunnerl!

llandudnopictures said...

It's a very atmospheric shot, can just picture the carts trundling along the track!

Barbara Farr said...

They have kilns like this in Redwing, MN where they make Red Wing pottery.

Lowell said...

Most interesting! I guess my first guess that it was a huge pizza oven was wrong, heh? :)

TexWisGirl said...

i cannot imagine the heat these must have generated!

Lucy Pireel said...

A beautiful picture. At a glance it looks like an eye staring at you, especially when it shows as a thumbnail.
Great info too!

Sharon said...

This is really interesting. I didn't know it took so long to make bricks. That is quite a process.

Lynette said...

Fine photo and interesting post. I like all sorts of bricks.

altadenahiker said...

Bricks made today can't hold a candle to what likely came from this kiln.

Randy said...

They must have fired alot of work in that kiln.

JM said...

Myterious! I like it.

EG CameraGirl said...

I like the view!

Louis la Vache said...

Fascinating!

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Laura. M said...
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Laura. M said...

.. And the light at the end of the tunnel :)) I like the photo.
A kiss.