Problem: the kiln was installed when the building was built. It will not fit through doors to get it out. Measuring tape determined that if the kiln door were removed and a few jutting-out bits of metal were cut off, the kiln will fit sideways through the doors.
Solution: Remove the kiln door.
Problem: the kiln door weighs 350 lbs. Composed of a metal frame encasing nine-inch thick fire brick.
Solution: Remove fire brick with sledge hammer. Then cart out the brick, ease the door off it's inch-thick metal hinges.
Also, I noticed the one crucible furnace was in need of a reline. Refractory lining is badly eroded and pieces are dropping in the melt. Also, there is so much spilled metal on the bottom that the crucible will float.
|Furnace ready for new liner with gas burner in background|
|Bottom of the furnace.|
Boy are my arms tired today.