We were very pleased with the results, and look forward to firing more local clay in the wood kiln. It was a slow firing, maintaining a rate of increase of 100 degrees an hour for most of the firing. The kiln didn't seem to want to climb faster than that, even when we tried to.
It was an overcast day, and it's been raining much of this week.
We think we'll continue with the side stoking, but not put a low shelf between the ember bed and the back of the kiln. This seemed to keep the flame from side stoking all going out the bottom exit flues.
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Local clay pitcher, natural ash