Finished loading the rear of the first chamber today and will start on the middle and front tomorrow. It will be nice using the 8mm thin 35x37cm shelves after hefting those thick monsters up in that narrow rear space. That rear stack is 78cm from front to back.
There are about 110 pots in the rear of the kiln. Could have fit many more, but I want to make sure that the flame gets around and not try anything daring until I have a few more firings under my belt. Some pots are staggered front to back, some are in straight rows, because I want to see if there is any difference in the outcome.
Just for kicks, there are 3 guinomi placed at the front of the stack at the base, just a few cm from where wood will be dropping in. If I can manage not to hit them, they might end up looking interesting. They are 3 different clays, for comparison.
Though I’d planned to pretty much ignore the second chamber for this first firing, it is looking like there will be enough pots to at least partially fill it. So, the second chamber will be getting loaded with low temp (about cone 6) work: feldspar glazes, a celadon-ish clear, white slip, and iron underglaze deco.
For all the stacking, I’m taking very careful notes about what is going where, knowing by now that no matter how sure I am that I will remember, after a week or so I never do.
Must not forget to place the cone packs before starting the middle section…