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Kibuta

Kibuta or ki-buta is a process that some people use when firing a wood kiln.  It seems to be a great way to build up an ash bed quickly, it's useful for vibrating the kiln (creating fluctuations that add drama to the pots), and it's exciting.  So of course it was something I wanted to do.  What you do is stuff the front door stoke hole in the kiln with pieces of wood.  You want the opening to be filled pretty tightly with wood, this keeps air flow to a minimum. The wood will be burning in the back of this wooden door as your building it. 

Needless to say you have to work pretty quickly, a team of people helps too. 








As the wood burns in the back you poke it with a stick from the front.  Pretty soon all the wood gets pushed into the hole which causes a nice build up all at once and changes the airflow in the kiln for a short time.  

Of course your place the metal door promptly or build another Kibuta.

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