I will also talk about the skewbacks.

As I said before (Load Bearing Arch, Yikes!) there seems to be way  more information on how to set the skewbacks than on how to figure out the arch. And having done it (the arch and the skewbacks) I’m afraid

I will also talk about the skewbacks.

As I said before (Load Bearing Arch, Yikes!) there seems to be way  more information on how to set the skewbacks than on how to figure out the arch. And having done it (the arch and the skewbacks) I’m afraid

The easy road, again…

There seem to be several options when it comes to finishing the firebox. Top loading fire-boxes seem popular in Australia, while the examples I found from the UK were mostly side-loading, capped with a half arch.  There are good reasons

The easy road, again…

There seem to be several options when it comes to finishing the firebox. Top loading fire-boxes seem popular in Australia, while the examples I found from the UK were mostly side-loading, capped with a half arch.  There are good reasons

a mid-way solution

Now is time to decide where the wood is going to sit. Typically there are two ‘ledges’ at each end of the firebox, and that’s it. Meaning, the wood has to be cut exactly to length. Seeing as my chainsaw skills

a mid-way solution

Now is time to decide where the wood is going to sit. Typically there are two ‘ledges’ at each end of the firebox, and that’s it. Meaning, the wood has to be cut exactly to length. Seeing as my chainsaw skills

Is it holly enough?

  While the throat arch was coming into being, the kiln was growing all around. For the most part the walls are pretty straight forward, except for the mysterious air holes in the front  (firebox) wall.  Most blueprints seem to

Is it holly enough?

  While the throat arch was coming into being, the kiln was growing all around. For the most part the walls are pretty straight forward, except for the mysterious air holes in the front  (firebox) wall.  Most blueprints seem to

Load Bearing arch, yikes!

Everyone talks about the skewbacks but no-one talks about how to figure out an arch. Really, simply, step-by step…  Perhaps because there is no magic formula. You really just have to decide how wide and how tall the arch has

Load Bearing arch, yikes!

Everyone talks about the skewbacks but no-one talks about how to figure out an arch. Really, simply, step-by step…  Perhaps because there is no magic formula. You really just have to decide how wide and how tall the arch has

The walls start to go up

We’ve started building the wall for the firebox, and lots of openings everywhere.   Traditionally bourry-box kilns have a larger opening in the front called the hearth opening. I’m planning on pre-heating with propane, and at the time was still

The walls start to go up

We’ve started building the wall for the firebox, and lots of openings everywhere.   Traditionally bourry-box kilns have a larger opening in the front called the hearth opening. I’m planning on pre-heating with propane, and at the time was still

Building the floor

Since the overhead structure was already in place, itwas crucial that I situate the kiln right, for the chimney to go through the roof in the right spot later on.In my focused attention, I seem to have forgotten to take

Building the floor

Since the overhead structure was already in place, itwas crucial that I situate the kiln right, for the chimney to go through the roof in the right spot later on.In my focused attention, I seem to have forgotten to take