I just fired off XVIII yesterday. This is actually my 30th wood firing here. This is my second wood kiln, a much larger version of my first. I'm going to have an etsy sale the first week in November to commemorate the 30th firing, 30 cups, $5 shipping. So stay tuned for that.
Here is the loaded kiln, I spent a bit of time fixing up these walls, there were a lot of gaps.
And you can see those gaps open right back up. The kiln has moved a bit over the last 18 firings and things don't fit as well as they used to. So it's time to do some maintenance. The arch has spread about 1.5" so I need to try and get the arch back in place and then I am going to rebuild the front wall and door as well and put some steel on it. I am also going to rebuild the stack, the corbel under the dampers needs some attention and the whole stack needs steel. So that will be a fun task over the next couple of months. I don't plan on firing again until the end of December so I have plenty of time.