We’ve chosen where to build the kiln. Now the area needs clearing. All hands on deck….
The bricks have arrived and need to be moved from the trailer nearer to the kiln-site.
We are following an original kiln design by potter Joe Finch. A breeze block base is laid on the concrete surface. The fire bricks create a footprint of the kiln-to-be.
Fire boxes and flue begin to take shape.
Fire bars installed and chimney beginning to take shape at the rear of the kiln.
Just like making a jigsaw!
We make a wooden former to create the shape for the brick arch. Cutting the bricks needs to be very precise!
It’s a huge relief when the former is removed and the chamber arch stays up!
Insulative side panels have been made using a mixture of vermiculite and cement. Everything is bolted on tightly.
A hole is cut in the roof to make way for the chimney to pop through.
The finished kiln is sealed up and tested. The chimney smokes – hooray!