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updated mon 11 jan 10


Claudia MacPhee on sun 10 jan 10

DAvid, Craig and Paul,

Thanks for the information. I have a bourry box on a Steve Harrison long=
throat kiln. Ashes do get on the pots in the 'triangle of death'. I usuall=
y use all the junk wood I pick up around this place for the start of my fir=
ing before I go to the hobs. We found a good stand of dead aspen trees near=
the slab pile so I use them also at the start to put lots of ash into the =
kiln. When you drop wood into the bourry box a cloud of ash and cinders get=
s carried into the kiln. This kiln has a powerful draft.

No thanks to nails stuck to my work. My main interest is Chinese type gl=
azes, some ash drippy stuff ( front end) and glazes from my local sources. =
Iron glazes yep, nails no thank you. Once the hobs start getting used there=
isn't that much stuff carried into the kiln. Slabs are perfect for this k=
iln. Only pain is cutting them the exact length. I have used some local wi=
llow. Strangely enough it is the hardest and hottest wood around here. This=
is a very dry climate. Cold yes, wet no. It reminds me of oak. We can get =
this by snow machine and skimmer during the winter. I plan on trying to use=
more of it for the initial coal bed this Spring.

Maybe it seems like we are nuts to think of firing with wood as fun. Does=
n't seem at all like what I think of as work. Getting the wood-fresh air, r=
ecreation,exercise, a day in the bush. People pay lots of money for that! T=
hen the firing-being so intimately involved in the process.

Patiently waiting for Spring so I can fire my little kiln again, watchin=
g it snow,

Claudia MacPhee Tagish, Yukon