Saturday, November 27, 2010

Kiln stuff.

I've finished repairing the kiln. It is good as new, or slightly used I guess. I had to replace that dinky wall on the right side, it took about 2 hours. Lots of cutting. I also repaired the bagwall. It had been knocked into the firebox and was in about 40 pieces. It took me about 45 minutes to put the puzzle back together.

Most of the door was intact about 2/3 of the way up. The top portion had to be mostly redone.

The temperature drops down pretty low in the evenings so I made a little fire pit in the shed to make working in there bearable. It actually kept it quite toasty, I was able to work comfortably in a t-shirt. That hole in the roof is where to stack from my old kiln went through. You can see the framework from my old kiln. The bolts holding the frame to the concrete are bent and I can't get them out, though in all honesty I haven't tried that hard.

My arch has been walking a bit, the gap is now large enough that I can stick my hand in it. That is no good. I'll see if I can fix that over the next couple days.

Tomorrow I'm chopping up the remainder of what I need for the firing and I will begin loading immediately afterwards. Firing soon.



Dan Finnegan said...

Mind the gap!

Ron said...

Look forward to seeing some of those decorated pots finished.

Joe and Christy said...

I'll be interested in seeing how you fix the walking arch... Do you how/why it started walking in the first place?
Best of luck with the firing. Looking forward to seeing the finished pots.

Craig Edwards said...

Are you gonna fill the gap or push the arch back into place? I wonder why the arch moved in the first place? Do you think it is just expansion with a firing?
Have a good fire and great pots!