Receiving & Installation

Receiving Information for Bailey Gas Kilns

Unless you have a fork lift, or a pallet truck and a loading dock, shipping a kiln will involve both a long distance and short distance carrier. We specify the long distance carrier and will safely “nose-load” and “chock-in” your crated kiln in the front of an empty trailer. This same trailer will be routed directly to your location with few or no transfers.

The long distance carrier will transport your kiln across the country, but is not responsible for unloading it. Therefore, if you do not own a forklift (such as colleges may have on hand), you will need to arrange to have the kiln removed from the truck and put in position. You will either have the kiln delivered to the kiln site and then arrange to have someone take it off the truck, or, have the kiln shipped to a mover who will bring the kiln to the site at a later date and unload it.

We can discuss a variety ways of receiving, unloading, and placing your gas kiln.


If you are going to have it shipped to the kiln site, then search in the phone book for a mover who owns a forklift, or a fork lift rental who also provide unloading services, or a lumber yard (or similar business ) who will arrange to unload your kiln. Make sure they are insured. Give any prospective mover a physical description of the kiln, the weight and inform them that it is designed to be picked up with a pallet truck or a fork lift only. Also inform them to never attempt to move the kiln by pushing into the side wall areas. All kilns require 6 ft. forks. Call us for a recommendation towards fork lift capacity. You should get several quotes for the best price. When you order the kiln, specify that you want to be called when the kiln is due to be delivered to your local mover. Inspect the kiln as soon as it arrives at your local mover for any damage. The kiln and furniture are insured for long distance, and any damage claim must be made when the kiln arrives. From the point that your local carrier signs for the kiln and furniture, they are then responsible for any damage.


Bailey specializes in designing custom kilns for difficult installations.

Bailey can customize our kilns so they can be dismantled and installed in all sorts of difficult locations. For instance, NYU had no other way to get a Bailey DLX 18/12 into the kiln room except through the 3rd story window! No problem. We designed the kiln in sections so it could be craned through the window with only inches to spare. We specialize in problem solving.


Example: Designing a sectional frame to tip through the 3rd Story Window at NYU


Example: Designing large kilns to fit into a small elevator at Ohio State


Back in 2001, Ohio State had a problem. Their kiln room was in the basement, they need a number of large kilns, and the only access into the kiln room was through an elevator with a narrow entry. No problem. Bailey designed all of the prebuilt/preassembled large kilns so that they could simply unbolt into smaller sections and load into the elevator. Once in the basement, a total of 5 large Bailey Gas kilns were quickly coupled back together ready for final hook up. That's Bailey Innovation!

Layout & Requirements of the Kiln Room

Bailey Kilns can be installed inside the studio, school or in a separate out-building. All kilns must be sheltered from wind and moisture. We do not recommend a sole roof structure without total enclosure on the sides. This type of minimal coverage is not sufficient to prevent wind from either altering the performance of the kiln or potently blowing out the burners. If minimal side protection is employed, then careful consideration of wind shields must be added. We will consult as to the best strategy. However, a total enclosure (with fresh air access) remains the best way to provide a “non-turbulent” static environment that is optimum for obtaining consistent reliable results. A 120 volt, 15 amp outlet is required.


Functional Dimensions for the Kiln Site

Gas kilns require three feet from both sides and the rear of the kiln to an existing combustible structural wall. The front door swing requires a minimum equal to the width of the kiln (+2”) to any structural wall. There are conditions that sometimes require alteration from the recommended 3 ft tolerance. Call us to discuss your options.

You may have non-combustible walls surrounding the kiln, and a small kiln room. There are latitudes for placing the kiln closer to some walls that are not walk ways to get around the kiln. Call us to discuss your options.

If you review the “Outside Dimensions” column in the specification chart of any kiln to determine the appropriate size for the kiln site. As an example, a Studio 18/12 would require a 10’ wide by 12’ long site with a floor to ceiling tolerance (over the kiln chimney area) of 9½’. The minimum ceiling tolerance above the kiln (not including the hood) should be approximately 4 feet. When a typical hood is added, this will leave several feet to the underside of the roof. Bailey can supply insulated hoods that are applicable for lower ceiling tolerances.

Consult with our factory for specific kiln site information. We do not provide any general instructions on our website for downloading. We will supply documents specific to your requirements after a consultation. Bailey makes sure your installation meets the necessary safety requirements and is a logical layout.