The kilns are reached by a five mile, unsigned gravel track off Hwy 319, 12 miles east of Panaca and 1.3 miles southeast of Panaca Summit (6,718 feet). The track is accessible to most vehicles during dry weather, from spring to fall, though usually closed by snow in the winter. It descends into a valley, follows this upstream, then crosses a low divide and drops down into the larger valley of Kiln Wash
, past a junction near Kiln Spring and continues a short distance to the side track to the kilns, situated on the opposite (east) bank of the wash. The track then proceeds northwestwards, meeting the paved road to Echo Canyon Reservoir
after ten miles, this the route used to transport the charcoal, connecting with other tracks to the many nearby mines.
Wood used was the local pinyon pine, gathered from the hillsides and valley floor, producing logs up to 2 feet in diameter. Juniper is also present in the vicinity but was not favored due to its lower burning temperature. Prior to the construction of the kilns, charcoal was made here in pits, by burning logs then covering them with earth, and the sites of at least four can still be seen, on the west side of the road just north of the kilns. The kilns are constructed from rhyolite tuff, quarried from an outcrop a short distance northeast.