sleaford maltings | between a rock and a hard place

The ground floor of the Kiln Room was two storeys high. Cast iron columns supported girders and closely packed metal joists which in turn supported perforated clay tiles (of which only a few remained). The perforations in the tiles allow the convection of heat through to the floor above.

The ground floor was also slightly elevated when compared to the Germinating Floor behind it. This was to allow ventilation ducts for the furnaces which supplied the heat.

The heat rising in this room dried the malt to 4% moisture content and stopped the malting process.

View north across the ground floor of the kiln room of block #9. © Simon Cornwell 2009