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Ground Breaking

Reuse, recycle, reduce. We hear these ideas all the time and I tend to think they are good ones. It comes in especially great when someone gives me an old kiln.  That is exactly what happened when the electric kiln that we used for cone 6 glaze firing gave up the ghost at Callanwolde. It’s a good size kiln, much bigger than my electric kiln but I’m not interested in rewiring this one. You may remember I did that with my electric kiln when I installed the kiln sitter (you can read about that here) which I got from another free kiln.

My plan for this kiln is to make it a reduction kiln since that is the look I like best for my pots. I am even considering adding a stoke hole so I can feed some small piece of wood into the kiln for some ash and wood effects.

Before I can start converting it into a gas kiln I need to build a kiln shed. My current kiln room is fine for the electric kiln but it’s too crowded to add flame to the mix. I’m designing a simple lean-to type shed that will have a m…

Commence Firing

We started the wood kiln last night. I took the first shft stoking.
It was just a little campfire to warm things up.  We needed marshmallows.

My next shift was at 6am.  We had a bit more heat, around 700 degrees.  

It looked like this. 

We brought it up to 1600 in my six hour shift. Not bad.  I'll post more pictures later. 


  1. I have been known to toast marshmallows during a wood firing! May the kiln gods be good to you.

  2. it's warming up for your wood firing, hope all goes well

  3. I always love the first shift ing the winter when the fire is just getting going and you can just sit in front of the fire soaking up all the warmth. Of course ultimately it ends up being a 20 hour shift for me and it loses much of the sparkle when I'm back up after a three hour nap to finish the firing off. :-) Wouldn't do it any other way. Have a great firing.


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