Finally a fire

After starting the fire in the chimney, I got the damper hung  and pulled it up. I kept stoking wood at the chimney to get it warm, and between stokes I was hanging the front stoke hole cover. Once that was done, I started the fire in the front to warm the kiln and dry it, and the ware, out.

I can’t describe how it feels to finally have a fire burning in this kiln. Just for fun I connected up the thermocouples and monitored the temperature on my PC. The door hanging went really well. It hangs just so, with enough friction to keep it from swinging around, but light enough that when you move it, it feels weightless. Did the preheating thing for a couple of hours before clamming up the front and back and coming inside. I’ll start it up again in the morning, and go the whole day, get everything nice and dry, then Friday morning we’ll start the ‘real’ firing.

5 thoughts on “Finally a fire”

  1. Ahh!! Yes, our good friend fire, finally arrives. You think that he is kind of timid at first, but after awhile you realize that he is a real party animal.
    Congratulations and good fire!!

    Cheers,
    ~Craig

  2. Tomorrow, when the fire gets above the grates, I'll be stoking your work jeans, Daniel's work shorts, and Craig's and my holy work gloves. A proper christening for the kiln.

  3. Oh the weather outside is frightful, inside it's so delightful…lalalalala
    Let it burn, let it burn, let it burn
    amen

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