I just realized that this is my 101'th post and I'm still going strong! Yesterday was a beautiful kiln loading day, with some snow around to brighten up the place a little bit. Then a day for resting and tonight the fire will be lit and we'll fire it on through tomorrow. Some seriously cold weather is in the midst, though, freezing rain turning to snow all night and day tomorrow. It's going to be a cold one, but we're sticking with the schedule. The main concern is if we have enough dry wood. Although the wood piles are covered up, some of it gets wet with ice and snow, so hopefully that won't cause much of a problem. This has been known to happen around here and one time what was supposed to be a 24 hour firing turned into a 36 hour firing because we were firing with wet, frozen wood.
However, the fluffy pink nosed thing in the picture, aka "Project Overseer" predicts that outcomes might be just fine. She's always around to make sure things are going smoothly, although by now you would think she'd know the drill and would be able to give us a paw or two carrying pots around.
This is a view from the back wall of the kiln where we are checking to see if the cones are lined up in the correct place. Another worthy note, is that this is the 10th kiln firing of this Roan Mountain kiln. Any takers for the 3 AM shift?