The video above includes the pots from the last barrel firing. It was a stressful experience, as you might imagine. All the carved pots went in and I crossed my fingers and prayed to the pottery Gods.
Sixteen hours later....yes, sixteen. It was still smouldering after lunch the next day. I had lit it at 10pm the previous evening. I was able to take the lid off the bin around 2.30pm. By then I had no fingers left, let alone finger nails!
They all survived and because of the slow firing they had in interesting patina. Cue big sigh of relief...
I think the firing took so long because I packed down the wood shavings more than last time. I also built a slightly smaller fire on top to get it started. It's curious how much the results vary by making such small changes.
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