In 2009 I took it upon Myself to rebuild the soda kiln at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. I have been involved in the building of other kilns but this is the first time that I had built one by myself from start to finish. I had made some design modifications from the previous kiln such as increasing the number of spy/soda ports and changing the chamber dimensions. The kiln was built using a combination of used brick salvaged from the old kiln and second bricks that the school had on hand. The entire kiln was dry stacked (no mortar was used) and I enlisted the help of Josh Goss ,who was a Graduate student in the Blacksmithing program at the time, to modify the metal support structure. This kiln is a pseudo downdraft design with a sprung arch. The following are some pictures of the kiln being built. All of the work that is in my gallery was fired in this kiln. Enjoy!