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If you have your own kiln, you will eventually have to do some repairing on the inside.
The kiln is lined with kiln bricks, no, they aren't tough like real bricks, they are soft and very breakable.
If they get bumped while putting a shelf in, that will do some damage or even get bumped with a piece of pottery or ceramic.
You might not notice it right away, but one day a chunk might fall away from the wall.
Does any of the bricks on the inside of your kiln look like this?
Well, if you heed some of the tips below, they will look almost new.
There are quite a few products out there especially for repairing kiln bricks.
It is called kiln patch and can be bought at any pottery or ceramic shop.
Use the kiln patch to glue the broken firebrick back together.
Vacuum off all the dust from the brick that is being repaired.
A quick dip of the soft brick in water helps to allow the kiln patch to flow and coat better.
Spread the kiln patch on one side of the break and push the two pieces together.
The bricks even seem stronger where they are patched together than when they were still whole.
You can also use it as a filler for chipped bricks.
You can let it thicken to a putty consistency for larger fill areas or mix the kiln patch with ceramic fiber to make a good filler.
The resulting repaired brick is actually stronger where the patch is than in the undamaged areas!
It is really hard to even tell where the brick was repaired and the gouge was filled once it has dried.
It is very important to keep you kiln in good repair and all you firings should turn out ok.
The kiln patch will be damaged if frozen, so be sure and keep it in a heated room.
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