This picture shows one of the four side ports on the anagama during firing (below). Yes, this is what you are looking at right before you have to open the concrete port to drop in 2 sticks of kindling every couple minutes. And if that much flame is coming out before you open it....well, you can imagine what it is like when you open it (above). Very dramatic, slightly scary, but heaven to pyromaniacs, which most woodfirers are (but in a good way).
The kiln is cooking along nicely after a perfect start by Scott who worked all night on Wednesday. We had a soaking rain overnight last night, good insurance against any of the 3 firings we have going today starting an unwanted fire. And then, the prediction of sun for the rest of the weekend. We couldn't have asked for better than what we are getting.
Cindy will start a pitfire today, and the smaller wood kiln was started yesterday. The huge wood piles that have accumulated gradually dwindle, until, at the end of the weekend, there won't be a lot left. Then the whole cycle will begin again.
(Photos courtesy of Cindy and Don Hoskisson)