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Carolyn Ritchie

There is a derelict huge brickworks kiln that looks like this Hoffman kiln in Newtown, Sydney, N.S.W. I saw it 4 months ago when I was down there visiting my daughter. I thought it would be a wonderful place for a potters' community facility. It had a separate building that could be used as a gallery. Imagine if possibly a govt.grant could be used to revive it, if not entirely as a working kiln, but as studio space, etc.

Nick Rouse

In Britain there are deposits of clay containing a small amount of oil. By use of a series of ovens arranged in a loop similar to the Hoffmann scheme it is possible to fire the bricks using no external fuel with the heat from the adjacent oven bringing each new batch up to the ignition temperature of the oil. This type of brick is called a Fletton or London brick and is still in wide spread production. It is estimated there are five million houses in Britain built of them.


(11:30am) Just discovered this site... Loving the details and pictures!

Morten Hagen

Thank you for this gold-mine of knowledge of brick-production. In Fredrikstad, Norway we are a small group digging out the remains of the last brickwork, planning to use the site for outdoor concerts and plays. During the winter we make fires and serve hot chocolate to strollers. At the moment the homepage is down, but try itlater www.ettertid.no og www.narnte.no

Ormond Otvos

We live a mile from the Richmond Brickworks, on the north San Francisco bay. Pretty spectacular. Excellent article, well written!

Jan Bösenberg

If you are in Berlin/Germany you can visit the "Ziegeleimuseum Glindow" (40km drive from Berlin) which has a working Hoffmann kiln. The have walk-throughs and since the kiln is still in use, you can get a nice feeling for the temperature in these places :-)


Liaquot Hossain

Can someone explain me the principle of coal firing from kiln top in a Hoffman kiln and the consequent dumper opening and closing orders and timings while the fire is moving inside the kiln loaded with green bricks @ 1.2 meter/hour. Any appropriate books that explains the above phenomenon in step by stem would also be helpful.

Liaquot Hossain,
Project Engineer,
Clean Energy Alternatives.


I wrote this page about the Vertical Shaft Brick Kiln with some more information and videos:

Andy Berlyn

An excellent example of a Hoffman Kiln is near Settle, North Yorkshire, UK. It was built to produce lime on an industrial scale. The local Craven museum has created a self guided trail with regular interpretive boards explaining the process. Parking and admission are free.

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