The Raku Kiln can come in a variety of sizes and be purchased commercially or can be made via ‘do it yourself’. I purchased a commercial raku kiln for its size as I wanted to fire larger work in it plus have the ability to run the firing by myself.
The raku kiln seen at the right is our raku ‘workhorse’. When it reaches temperature, the lid-which is counter weighted-is easily raised to lift the raku pieces out with tongs. Another feature I appreciate about this kiln is when the lid is lifted, the heat disperses all around making it a more comfortable process for the one(s) using it.
I know of other raku artists who prefer to use an electric kiln and others who construct their own raku kilns. One method of building your own is lining a galvanized trash can & lid with ceramic fiber and cutting a hole in the bottom for a burner port & one in the lid for draft. With the addition of a burner at end of the propane hose, a kiln of this type can be fired using the same canister of propane one uses with a home barbeque! Yet another method is utilizing the same expanded metal seen on the top of my kiln lined with ceramic fiber.