A FACT ABOUT BRICK
99% of all top loading kilns are made of K23 soft brick. The brick is relatively inexpensive and provides excellent insulation value. However, this brick is very fragile and can be easily damaged.
Tony Nardella, as owner of Boston Kiln Sales & Service, has been servicing kilns in the New England area for over 20 years. During that time, he found the leading factor in kiln deterioration was the gap created by worn and chipped top bricks. To prevent this damage, he developed and patterned a shield to protect this very vulnerable section of the kiln. This keeps kilns running efficiently and helps users during loading and unloading.
Deterioration between the top brick and lid leads to inefficient firing and temperature maintenance of the
kiln as well as caustic fumes to escape into the studio space. Our shield prevents this deterioration
greatly increasing the life of the kiln, saving costly repairs, and benefiting the studio environment. In addition, the shield equally displaces your weight while loading making the process easier and causing less strain on your back. Our guard is 1/4 the cost of brick replacement prolonging your investment and
putting your hard-earned money towards art!
Our design provides a strong and smooth metal surface to protect the brick. For your comfort, we added
a soft silicone foam pad to lean on during loading and unloading of the kiln. The shield comes with holes
for hanging or magnets can be purchased for mounting to the kiln control panel for easy access.
ABOUT THE KILNSHIELD
How it's made
We use high-quality materials that are resilient to heat up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit for those times when
you just can’t wait. Offering years of use and kiln preservation. We use 16 gauge galvanized steel for the base and 5/16 soft silicone foam for the top. Our design is customized to your kiln, insuring proper and accurate fit. (some assembly required)
How it works
Our Shield is placed on the top layer of bricks where you lean on to the kiln to load and unload. When you are finished remove the shield and close the kiln lid to fire or rest. Our shield will give you peace of mind, speeding up the loading and unloading process!
How it protects
Our product design protects the soft brick from being damaged with heavy gauge galvanized steel and provides a soft silicone foam cushion for a pleasant loading experience. You can focus on loading the kiln not damaging your investment.
A kiln is typically each studio’s largest investment. It’s performance and efficiency are crucial. As durable as a kiln appears the most delicate and important part is the top layer of brick.
Life of the Kiln
An important and often overlooked factor to the longevity of a kiln is the seal between the top layer of brick and the lid. A good tight seal is crucial for energy efficient firings and proper venting of fumes.The escape of fumes from damaged top layer bricks is the largest contributor of damage to a kiln beside the temperature and frequency of firings.
The most common damage to the top layer of brick is done during loading and unloading of the kiln. The very soft and brittle brick is susceptible to degradation from leaning on it, scraping of clothing, shelves, and the pottery itself. The KilnShield provides a hard and smooth surface that will protect the brick from
the friction of the daily wear.