search  current discussion  categories  kilns & firing - wood 

u.p. woodfired kiln part 11 soaking stoking practice

updated tue 22 feb 11


gary navarre on mon 21 feb 11

Hey Folks,=3D0A=3D0A If some of you are Jonzing for some firebox and stack =
e watching this should be a half hour well spent. This was originally about=
an hour and a half long so I could study the flame later but I managed to =
edit out an hour and still preserve some of the tedium of watching for the =
stack flame from a substantial stoke to slide back down the stack for the o=
xidizing flame and time to stoke again ...=3D0A=3D0A
h?v=3D3DnpbP4jQoyic=3D0A=3D0A Near the end is informative in that we can se=
e the =3D
ball of white heat between the front and mid-front settings all bunched up =
on the floor. I'm moving the secondary door and new side stoke holes up clo=
ser to the chamber spine so the heat will be released near the top instead =
of being sucked along the floor to the exit flue. I'm also setting the bott=
om front either as tight as I can or with extra post brick to bag wall the =
flame up toward the crown and protect those bottom floor pieces from so mu=
ch ash...=3D0A=3D0A
ng-jpg.html=3D0A=3D0A I better make something cause ya can't sell the glaze=
d ov=3D
er brick as art, it's already been done. So, the goal will be to produce us=
eful aesthetic pots and less "anything goes" conceptual art, unless someone=
else happened to have an interesting piece I wouldn't mind firing for a no=
minal fee. There should be plenty of spots for gnarley ash baked pots...=3D=
0A... =3D
along with smoother glazed pieces and maybe some brighter mid-range colors =
that work in a wood kiln. We will know more when I fire next, maybe in Marc=
h when it starts staying above freezing over a few nights, so stay tuned an=
d stay in there eh.=3D0A=3DA0 =3D0AGary Navarre=3D0ANavarre Pottery=3D0ANav=
arre Enter=3D
prises=3D0ANorway, Michigan, USA=3D0A
0A=3D0A =3D