The kiln is finally done! There are now lots of pots to be made for the first firing and wood to be cut and split. You can see the supporting steel is in place and the metal rods are tightened to the point of light tension. I have included some detail shots of the side stoke port, the bricks that line the side and the ports for pyrometers.
The side stoke plug is an idea I got from Michel Bayne, a local potter and friend that cast his port and plug using terra cotta flower pots. Michel is a very fine clay artist working in the Edgefield tradition.
The pyrometer ports will contain porcelain tubes that will act as shields for the pyrometer's two thermocouples, one placed next to the front stack and one near the back. They will measure the temperature during the firing along with pyrometric cones.