I fired a bisque load in my kiln yesterday for the first time. I've been firing community studio electric kilns with computers for so long, just punch in the program, hit start and off you go. My kiln is completely manual and gas, so I spent all day babysitting the kiln, keeping a log and checking the temp and flame every hour. I loved it. I do believe I am addicted to fire. Love Raku, love wood firing, and I am loving bisque firing with gas. We have these ugly concrete well things in our yard, so while I was babysitting kiln, I got out the bucket of pottery shards I have been collecting since we lived in Charlotte and a bag of cement and I stuck these shards on one of them. It was fun to go through the shards and revisit old glazes that I haven't thought of in years. There must have been a time when I was hooked on Randy's Red, there were lots of those shards. And oh man, how thick can a pot be anyway!
See these boards above my kiln? Ok, don't laugh at the construction, this shed was quick and dirty and cheap and built by people who don't build (me and Gerry). But, the wood was getting pretty hot and I am wondering if that is a problem and if so what can I do about it? I fired to 1800 and if I go to cone 10 it's going to be even hotter, am I going to start a fire up there?