Last Thursday, friends from Wakefield and Pulborough came to help me fire the kiln.I had picked a weekday so that I could get a gas refill if we ran out.I choose the day but I couldn’t choose the weather ,it was minus 7 when I got up on friday morning at 5.30,Thursday was spent packing and clamming it up.
I was going to put a gentle heat in it but had left one burner out ready for this, but the burner had frozen solid so had to use another luckily one from inside the shed.
All went well until we reached 750 c when the chimney liner i was using started to explode and that was it,the draw from the chimney was no more and we called it quits.To carry on would have been a waste of time and money.
I have learnt a lot from this episode, mainly to take up some other pastime like rambling,darts or slobbing. After a brief episode of introspection and swearing, I set too to remake the flue with bricks,the chimney liner sections are to be used as flower pots. Better luck next time.