Yesterday we fired the salt kiln
and in between kiln checking we helped to harvest
we picked rasberries, blackberries and mulberries too.
All supervised by several cats
We had a beautiful day on the whole. This was taken just before a rain shower
Sunset over the Blorenge Mountain, as we salted the kiln
going well! It has a 12 cubic foot packing capacity and we fire with propane gas
crash cooling to 1000 centigrade.
The kiln went on at 7.30 am (after being gently fired until it stopped steaming the previous night) and was at 550 degrees by 10 am. We finished salting at 7.20 pm, then it has a clean burn for a while after all the reduction. After a good soak at temperature, just under 1300, it is crash cooled to just over 1000.
Then we brick up all the spyholes and burner ports and clam up all the cracks with a fireclay mix to cool gently from there down.
Now roll on Tuesday evening, the first time when we can all be there to unpack!!