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Kilns are a thermally insulated chambers, or ovens, in which a controlled temperature regimes are produced. They are used to harden, burn or dry materials. Specific uses include:

  • To dry green lumber so that the lumber can be used immediately
  • Drying wood for use as firewood
  • Heating wood to the point of pyrolysis to produce charcoal
  • For annealing, fusing and deforming glass
  • For cremation (at high temperature)
  • Drying of tobacco leaves
  • Firing of certain materials to form ceramic materials
  • Drying malted barley for brewing