Tobacco kilns ready for weathering

I promised myself that I’d finish the three tobacco kilns for St. Williams by the end of this year. Then I undertook a bunch of other projects. Suddenly, it’s November – and at last report I only had one kiln anywhere close to being done: How did that happen?!?

So over the past month, I’ve been working on them more diligently. As this photo shows, all three are now built and painted:

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The kilns definitely need weathering, but assembly is done. I can now turn to fabricating details to complete the kiln yard scene.

I have added the stoves to the foundation, with firebox doors cut from O scale Grandt Line kits for passenger car stoves (item 3068):

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They’re too small, but they’re simply glued in place on the foundations – so when I find (or build) something more appropriate I’ll simply carve off these doors and replace them.

Grandt Line also supplied the stack for the rear of the kilns (item 3552). Each kit includes two stacks, which I spliced together to get the length I needed. I scratch-built the vents in the lower corners at the rear:

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I covered the roof with peel’n’stick S scale three-tab shingles from Rusty Stumps. I always run a bead of CA before attaching shingles, because I don’t trust the peel’n’stick adhesive. Also, when the roof is finished, I brush it down with diluted Weld-Bond to lock the shingles together.

One final observation about shingles: To get them in straight lines, one usually draws a series of parallel lines on the roof stock. I’ve found a better way – I use pre-scribed styrene sheet. For the tobacco kilns, I used Evergreen “tile” sheet with 1/8″ squares. This perfectly matched the spacing for the shingle strips:

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The kilns definitely need weathering, but over the past month I’ve turned them from mock-ups into models. And I’ve beat my (self-imposed) deadline.

7 thoughts on “Tobacco kilns ready for weathering

  1. Trevor, have you ever come across any information as to why the prototype sheds are painted, what is to me anyway, such an oddly vibrant green? I would have expected tobacco brown. Perhaps a paint sale at the local hardware store?

    • Hi Ed:
      The green needs to be toned down with weathering – but it’s not painted on the prototype: It’s green tarpaper. Some kilns were also clad in red tarpaper.
      I suspect – but have not found any confirmation – that the kilns were a standard design offered (or dictated?) by Ontario’s tobacco growing and marketing association. There were many thousands of these kilns at one time – and they were all built the same.

  2. The kilns look good, definitely like i remember them looking as a kid on family drives around southwestern Ontario.

    Have you considered 3D printing for the firebox doors? They should be in that sweet spot where with S Scale you can get a good level of detail without them being too costly to have made. That way you could hopefully get exactly the size and look you want for the doors to match the prototype.

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