It takes AGES to sort through the photos and downsize them for this blog (facebook you can just download any size), so my lovely friend Nicola has put the photos on to a Picasa album with public access. The photos are uncropped or adjusted, but will give you a feel for the great day we had.
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Other people who have recently joined the team to learn about firebox and fibre kiln building are Bev McKenzie, Chris Fairley and Tanya. Rae Lye and Duncan Ryder have also helped out with the firebox building, kiln making and wood chopping.
The least pleasant task of the project has been completed. Ceramic fibre is not very nice stuff – very much like fibreglass insulation bats. You need lots of protective clothing, gloves, masks and barrier cream to stop the small fibre hairs itching your skin.
However, with a process in place and protective clothing on, the task can be completed with relative ease. Especially if there is only one kiln to build. Bit tough having to do three!!
A couple of more people joined us at this stage to learn about the kiln and firebox building process – Bev McKenzie and Chris Fairly. The extra hands certainly came in handy. Big thanks also to Ray Lye for helping out with the spot welding. It is not normally needed, wire is fine for tying the walls together, but it helps with cost efficiency if you can get a kiln out of one sheet of reinforcing mesh – made possible by Ray welding stray bits together to make up a roof etc.
It took a couple of sessions, but we got there! Yay! And it felt like a major milestone had been achieved.
Fibre kiln building instructions
Elsa and Linda measuring out the ceramic fibre.
Sandra checking the reinforcing mesh for size.
Buttoning fibre to reinforcing mesh walls
Third fibre kiln finished!!!
Community Hearth Team LtoR: Linda Ryder, Elsa Lye, Bev McKenzie, Chris Fairley, Susan St Lawrence, Mark Trail, Lynnda McLachlan, Sandra Quintal, and Yvette Phillips.
Size of the horses; this information helps with designing the size of the kilns and also with deciding which horses go into the kiln together. There will be two kilns with 3 horses in each, and one kiln with 2 horses.
The other decision factor is that some of the participants work full time, so their horses will need to be set up on the fireboxes on a day they can be there. Monday 22nd Oct is Labour Day holiday, so that works well for Linda, Mark and Lynnda.
That means on Thursday 25th, when we set up the next lot of horses in the kilns, Yvette, Sandra and myself will go in the second kiln, and Elsa and Yvette’s second horse will go in the small third kiln.
Elsa’s horse – 700L x 450D x 1200H
Linda’s horse 800L x 450W x 1220H
Lynnda’s filly: 580L x 400W x ?H
Mark’s horse: 760L x 470W x 1170H
Susan’s horse: 670L x 400W x 1200H
Kiln 1 will now be Linda, Mark and Lynnda; kiln 2 will be Susan, Sandra and Yvette
Kiln 3 is now only Elsa and Yvette’s second horse.