Answered By: Regan Brumagen Last Updated: Sep 19, 2016 Views: 55
I've attached a bibliography of some references to wood burning furnaces. Let me know if any look useful and I'll pull them out for you and the Hot Glass Show glassblowers. The library is open 9:00 to 5:00 weekdays.*
The "Roman Glassmakers" website could be especially useful.
If you want to delve into historical references about wood fired glass furnaces, there is lots more information available.
Of course, there is more about glass furnace building (generally), such as: Trier, Wolfgang. Glass Furnaces: Design Construction and Operation. Sheffield: Society of Glass Technology, 1987, "Pot furnaces," pp. 229-238; "Fuels and combustion," pp. 239-248.
We also have basic ceramic kiln building resources, including Olsen's The Kiln Book: Materials, Specifications, & Construction. The third edition provides guidelines for "wood-burning systems" on p. 157+.
Kingery's "Operational Principles of Ceramic Kilns," IN The Prehistory & History of Ceramic Kilns. (Ceramics & Civilization, v. VII)
Let me know if you want to explore any of this type of resource.
Also, please let us know if you discover good resources that are not on our list.