TQ7458 : Plenum Chamber of The Oast House, Museum of Kent Life

taken 8 years ago, near to Sandling, Kent, Great Britain

Plenum Chamber of The Oast House, Museum of Kent Life
Plenum Chamber of The Oast House, Museum of Kent Life
The plenum chamber was the lower part of the kiln. A fire was lit and heat rose through a slatted floor and horsehair sheet above to drying floor where the hops spread evenly about 3 to 4 foot deep.

After building square kilns for over 100 years, in the 1830's round kilns started to be built as they were thought to be more efficient as the hops in corners of square kiln supposedly did not dry as evenly. By the latter 1800's this was disproved, or techniques were improved, and square kilns became the fashion once again, though in larger sizes, up to 20 feet span internally.

This round oast kiln is the last working coal fired kiln.

Also see TQ7458 : Oast House at The Museum of Kent Life, Cobtree, Lock Lane, Sandling, Kent
Oast Houses
An Oast House is a building used to dry fresh hops before they are sent to the brewers, to be used for flavouring beer. A traditional Oast House consists of the 'oast' and the 'stowage'. The oast was a kiln, with a plenum chamber fired by charcoal at ground floor and the drying floor directly above. The steep pitched roof channelled the hot air through the hops to the top. The stowage, was the barn section, it had a cooling floor and press at first floor and storage area at ground floor. Read more LinkExternal link
Museum of Kent Life
The Museum of Kent Life is an open air museum, based around an original farmstead, called Sandling Farm. One of the original buildings is an 19th century oast house, which is used to demonstrate hop drying during the September hop-picking season. There are also two farm houses and farmyard buildings.

A number of buildings have been saved from destruction and reconstructed at the site. These include hopper huts, thatched barn, granary, chapel, village hall, cottages, and another farmhouse.

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Sunday, 20 September, 2009   (more nearby)
Sunday, 20 September, 2009
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