Keys to the Past

Glossary

Kiln

A place where a material is heated to change it. For example pottery kilns are used to produce hard ceramics by heating warm clays. The heat can be forced to go through the superstructure of the kiln in a particular way to create a special firing environment. Some are shaped like bottles in profile, so acquired the name bottle kilns. (See also bloomery, blast furnace, bail hills, corn-drying kiln and furnace).

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