Monday, October 17, 2005


Stoking the kiln does not stop until the kiln reaches temp, approximately 2,300 degrees, and the proper cone falls. My solo experience started about 5 in the morning and didn't end till early afternoon when Tony gave me a break. Even then we still stoked till 7 pm Sunday night.
I stoked the kiln about every 2 minutes, usually with one large piece of wood approximately 36 inches long and anywhere from 8 to 12 inches wide. It was excruciating and non-stop. The routine of stoking became robotic and the intense heat didn't really matter, due to lack of sleep. No time to pee, no time to smoke. It was just stoke, stoke, stoke.

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