Doors on kiln sidewalls

HO Tobacco Kiln - front photo TobaccoKiln-HO-01.jpg

I’ve made some progress on the four additional HO scale tobacco kilns I’m building for my friend Pierre Oliver. (These are a good practice run for the five kilns I will need to build in S scale for St. Williams.)

With a strong mug of tea and plenty of styrene strip to hand, I added framing and the large loading doors to the sidewalls. I worked in assembly-line fashion, giving the thick CA time to cure between steps.

I started with the top piece of framing – a piece of HO scale 2″x4″, glued to the wall with CA and trimmed to length. Then I added the centre loading door:
HO Tobacco Kilns - Sidewall Construction 01 photo TobaccoKiln-HO-08_zpsb57956f6.jpg

Next, I added strips of 2″x4″ to either side of the loading door, followed by the other two doors on each side wall. Note I eyeballed a tiny gap between the framing strips and the doors to either side. The strips are also slightly longer than the doors, which measure 48″x66″:
HO Tobacco Kilns - Sidewall Construction 02 photo TobaccoKiln-HO-09_zps4f7b3d32.jpg

I followed this with two more vertical strips and a piece of framing along the bottom. Note that I cut the horizontal framing strips longer than the side walls, then trim to length after the CA has cured:
HO Tobacco Kilns - Sidewall Construction 03 photo TobaccoKiln-HO-11_zpsfdf72510.jpg

I also added three small pieces of 2″x4″ to the walls above the centre of each door:
HO Tobacco Kilns - Sidewall Construction 04 photo TobaccoKiln-HO-10_zps42b03c7c.jpg

Later on, I’ll add an eyebolt to each of these blocks. Farmers would run a rope through these eyebolts to tie the doors in the open position for loading the kiln. This can be seen in this detail photo of a tobacco kiln near Scotland, Ontario:
 photo Kiln-12_zps9912453d.jpg

Next up, I need to add the hinges along the top of each door, and the simple wooden latches that keep the doors closed when not in use. Lots of little pieces to cut and glue!

2 thoughts on “Doors on kiln sidewalls

  1. Is that masking tape on the walls to represent tar paper? You might also take a look at silk span used in model RC aircraft. Comes in several different weights that have differing textures. I have used it to represent tar paper and canvas roofs

    • Hi Bruce:
      Yep – it’s masking tape. I like the way it turns out (it actually looks better in person than it does in these photos!) and I have several sources within easy dog-walking distance, including a couple that hand out free treats to the pups.
      Cheers!

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