This article makes me really curious how hard it would be to make my own kiln to fire bricks in at home. It sounds like the kinds of kilns described here, bee hive style and slope style, are smaller designs.
I could be wrong, but somehow I doubt that brick manufacturers fire bricks in kilns like this. Wouldn't they make bricks in some huge factory somewhere that can fire the bricks assembly line style? That seems more efficient.
Anyway, back to my original reason for posting. Brick kilns seem much more affordable than regular pottery kilns (which cost a small fortune), so I wonder if you could make a brick kiln and use it for other kinds of pottery as well?
I don't see why you wouldn't be able to, except maybe that some kinds of fine pottery like porcelain requires higher temperatures. Has anybody tried it?