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hawaiian wood firing?

updated sun 20 dec 09


Dean on fri 18 dec 09

Wood is easy to come by here. The tree trimmers give it away.=3DA0 I got my=
irewood for the winter from about 100 cords of ironwood (think oak) that wa=
s given free for the hauling. I fired with wood in Washington and I wouldn'=
t want to do it here. I'm older and the amount of work to process the wood =
is daunting.=3DA0 Also 10 hours in front of a firebox in tropical heat does=
t sound like fun.=3DA0 There are no wood kilns on Kauai.=3DA0 I'm hoping fo=
r so=3D
me young zealot to build one and let me play.

Lee Love on sat 19 dec 09

On Fri, Dec 18, 2009 at 10:49 PM, Dean wrote:

>daunting.=3DA0 Also 10 hours in front of a firebox in tropical heat doesn'=
>sound like fun.


Both the fast fire and the bourry box designs are not so hot in
front of the firebox. I'd recommend one of these two designs.

Lee, a Mashiko potter in Minneapolis

"Ta tIr na n-=3DF3g ar chul an tI=3D97tIr dlainn trina ch=3DE9ile"=3D97tha=
t is, "T=3D
land of eternal youth is behind the house, a beautiful land fluent
within itself." -- John O'Donohue

gary navarre on sat 19 dec 09

Dean, =3D0A=3D0A I'm an old guy like you (I guess going on Medicare counts =
t it?) so when I was designing my kiln comfort during stoking was one featu=
re I knew I would want because I've stoked the Big glory holes and had too =
many other hot nasty jobs in my life (Great Lakes Steel Coke Ovens) so I ma=
de a Bourry box with an adjustable stoke hole along the side edge at the to=
p and left the top plates in place...=3D0A=3D0A
ca/kpap/nvhga/pp.html =3D0A=3D0A(btw Ken Shenstone, who told me what you c=
all =3D
the pignose, is still alive and well firing that huge kiln in Albion, Mi.) =
The Cardew design has three or four top plates and you lift one or more to =
load the box. I guess I like the feel of the side stoke hole when I pitch t=
he sticks in and I don't get much back blast of heat in my face. This time =
I made it adjustable so I can add 7" diameter 35" pieces or make the hole s=
maller for 4"-2" sticks. I moved the second smaller 2"-1" primary stoke hol=
e down to about half way on the throat arch side...=3D0A=3D0Ahttp://public.=
fotk=3D This sm=
r hole is good for blasting sticks at high temperature. The advantage of th=
e Bourry is it can hold a good volume of fuel that will burn long enough yo=
u can rest between stokes even near temperature. Granted my kiln will take =
longer to fire but I also designed it so it can be banked up in the early s=
tages and gain a lot of heat while the university security closes the art s=
tudios from 10PM-8AM so the students that got inspired at the club won't co=
me in to work after hours all high out of their minds like they did in the =
70's, 80's, & 90's. Everybody should know by now good people sleep at night=
and work during the day.=3D0A=3D0A I've heard from my Yooper friends Ironw=
ood =3D
burns hot hot and, like Tamarack, can melt a barrel stove and grates don't =
last long. Around here it only gets to about 5" round and dies off from cro=
wding and the loggers left Ironwood in the slash so I've gotten a bunch of =
sticks down to an inch. I bet those 1" will fit nicely in the single stick =
secondary stoke hole in the tail of the Hobagama...=3D0A=3D0Ahttp://public.=
fotk=3D and give me=
a l=3D
ot of heat if I need some.=3D0A=3D0A Some folks might not like humbling the=
ves by having to kneel and crawl inside the chamber to load but if ya loose=
the gut and put on tilers knee cups it ain't half bad. I brace myself on t=
he chamber wall to set shelves with no stress on my lower back. One thing f=
or sure is 65cuft is a lot easier to load than the first 30cuft version, it=
just takes a little longer to fill, like 20 years.=3D0A=3D0A As far as get=
the wood part of my bit is gleaning the slash from loggers or tree trimmin=
g Pine around peoples houses. I'm still threatening to make myself some mon=
ey free climbing...=3D0A=3D0A
tml=3D0A=3D0A... those 60' Red Pines around those urban mansions so I can g=
et p=3D
aid to get the fuel but I really don't need to now. If you could get that t=
ree trimmer to give one of the new guys a special job of getting your fuel =
out of the limbs before chipping (GOD I HATE CHIPPERS) and pay the kid you =
help create a job and maybe find a student even though you are still learni=
ng. =3D0A=3D0A Wood firing is a serious business and if you think you are g=
find some young zealot to build you a kiln so you can play ya still gotta =
pay ta play. And if the kid throws some pots in there they will be more val=
uable than yours because he built the kiln. I know of one potter who really=
flies off the handle when he sees some rich joker selling wood fired pots =
for a lot of money just because they wanted a fun hobby to play with and di=
dn't do the real work of study, design, construction, and firing. Of course=
finding a youngin around there to do pottery would be next to impossible b=
ecause most are making ten times the money on half the labor growing enough=
weed to move to the states so if it's too hot to fire there you probably w=
on't find any takers, most would rather just chill out=3D0A=3D0A Good luck =
, stay in there and don't it fool ya eh! =3D0A=3D0A =3D0AGary Navarre=3D0A=
Navarre =3D
Pottery=3D0ANavarre Enterprises=3D0ANorway, Michigan, USA=3D0Ahttp://www.yo=
com/GindaUP=3D0A On Fri, =
, Dean wrote:=3D0A=3D0A> From: Dean COM>=3D
=3D0A> Subject: [Clayart] Hawaiian wood firing?=3D0A> To: Clayart@LSV.CERAM=
ORG=3D0A> Date: Friday, December 18, 2009, 10:49 PM=3D0A> Wood is easy to c=
ome =3D
by here. The=3D0A> tree trimmers give it away.=3DA0 I got my firewood for t=
=3D0A> winter from about 100 cords of ironwood (think oak) that was=3D0A> g=
free for the hauling. I fired with wood in Washington=3D0A> and I wouldn't=
ant to do it here. I'm older and the amount=3D0A> of work to process the wo=
is daunting.=3DA0 Also 10 hours in=3D0A> front of a firebox in tropical he=
at d=3D
oesn't sound like=3D0A> fun.=3DA0 There are no wood kilns on Kauai.=3DA0 I'=
m hopi=3D
ng for=3D0A> some young zealot to build one and let me play.=3D0A> Dean=3D0=
A> =3D0A=3D
> =3D0A> =3D0A> =3D0A> =3D0A=3D0A=3D0A