and here's something to say about it....
Here it is. Talking with Dave about the design and why it's been built this way is like hearing/reading the next book on firing wood kilns. It's a hybrid of an Anagama and Train, with a massive fire box that will have stepped primary airs (like a Train), leading through a throat arch that bellies into the velumptuous main chamber (Anagama) and then smashes into the generous space of the chimney (the normal checkerboard exit flue will be built with saggars and other pots). It can be loaded from both front and end.
My good friend, Andrew Chenania and I made the 2 hour drive to Bozeman to meet up with Dave and give him a hand for a good day of stacking brick. While Dave worked on the firebox, Andrew and I put down the courses making up the chimney. Further courses up, we started adding what we called "ticklers", which are just bricks flipped into the stack to cause terbulance of the flame..and in effect, cutting back on the amount of smoke that leaves the kiln.
It was also an amazing treat to stack brick that were brand spanking new. Andrew was so happy about it that he had to give a pallet full of new brick a big hug. I throughly agreed with him.
Please stay tuned!! More exciting news coming soon.