Seven months later...


My custom kiln is working !
This has been a bit of a nightmare.
No ..it has been a nightmare, it's just drug out so long the feeling of being trapped on this roller coaster from hell has become familiar.
But now this ride is over and I can move on.


Im thankful for all Ive learned about assumptions I make, my own inhibitions, the construction of this amazing kiln , the shortcuts companies make to save a buck and greed in general.


Now I can move on to glaze testing... the reason for my choosing this kiln  in the first place.


This kiln is an L@L Jupiter JD-2945-3 pull apart ...with a hinge...sorta special...and it has the new e-quad elements. This thing is a beast! It is 17 cubic feet inside with all the rings put on. The 9 inch rings can be added or removed to make the kiln whatever size you want. the pull apart option is a design for sculpture work as its easier to put a large piece onto the base of the kiln and add the rings than to try to lower a large piece into a deep kiln.
I was wooed by the pull apart option because I want to test glazes and the small Cress kiln I have doesn't heat evenly where this L@L will.


I have an engine hoist to move the sections.
A friend helped me assemble it for the first firing so today will be the first time Im flying solo and  useing the hoist ...Im assuming  ....humm there's that word again.. I have this figured out. But Im probably going to have to tweak a few things ... there's no way Im going to get lucky and have this work the first try.
The Little engine that could


In all honesty my mantra the last couple months hasn't always been '' I think I can... I think I can ", its been more like a stream of obscenities and self doubt.
Im rather surprised that my tenacity, (Or is it a tendency to be obstinate ?) is paying off!


The frame for my new raku kiln has arrived!
I have to modify my tiny peep hole that is hardly noticeable in the top 1/3 of the kilns door.Its a visual process to gauge the maturity of the glaze . I didnt think this through enough.This is the first kiln I've designed and it was hard to visualize , even with the help of a cardboard mock up . I remember the telephone conversation where the original dimensions were enlarged to get the most we could from the material , I could have had a taller chamber which in hindsight I wish I had of done, making the legs a bit shorter to compensate for the space taken in the bottom of the kiln for the burner and bottom shelves.All in all the final scale of the kiln  is several cubic feet larger than my original plan.


Rumor has it that a 300 gallon propane tank could arrive Friday ! This is a huge relief since snow is finally in our forecast and I was going to invest in more small tanks that Id have to drag through the snow !


Now if I could only figure out how to keep my font from changing while trying to write a post!