July 22, 2010
We unloaded the new wood fired pallet kiln today! It was better than I'd hoped for since it was just the first test firing. These plates turned out better than I've ever had them!
Overall, it was still dry and colder on the top, but with some tweaking, I'd say this kiln will be firing great to my standards in no time! The best part, and most worrisome part, was what the nails were going to do to the pots. There are 90 nails in each pallet. We burned around 115 pallets for this 20 hour firing. You do the math and think about how many nails that is. We thought they would melt and leave iron marks all over the pots. Not ONE single nail showed up on the pots. I think it's because the firebox is built so large to accommodate a whole pallet being stoked. The pots are so far up and away from where the pallets are being burned that all the nails stayed in the firebox!
In my book it can only get better from here! More pictures are here at this link: