Friday, March 19, 2010

First Firing of the 2010

Nora started the firing around 6am. We decided to keep the temp low for a bit, especially compared to how the Adventure Firing went in the fall (at cone 8 in 4 hours!). We were worried about the residual moisture from the winter plus we had an enormous amount of rain in the previous 4 days (where yesterday we candled with propane for about six hours and we had good sunshine).

8:30 we were at 400 and transferred the fire from ashpit to fire box. This kept temp holding for an hour as it adjusted.
11:00 1000
12:00 1500
1:45 2000
3:30 2300
4:30 sidestoking
5:15 Cone 11 soft
7:00 stopped feeding wood - monitored cooling
8:00 mudded it up

We are opening it up today and will post some pictures of the results. We will probably try and reload today so that I can fire again next week - Nora will be in South Carolina on a crew trip but we have so much work we can do it again. I want to get another one done before heading to NCECA and another wood firing with Bruce Dehnert...

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