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fireplace firing

updated fri 28 feb 97


Christine Davis on thu 13 feb 97

I typically fire in an electric kiln to cone 04-05 or 06. Sitting in our
looking at our fireplace, I have decided that I would like to try to
burnish some pots and put them in the fire and see what happens.

Has anyone else done this? What should I know before I do it?
Thanks in advance for any advice. on wed 19 feb 97

I have built a kiln of common house bricks in my fireplace and
fill it with sawdust and bisqued, burnished pots. Easy to do -
light an even fire on the surface of the sawdust, place a cover
of sheet metal of some type over the opening, I usually prop the
cover on a single brick to allow enough air to get the fire going
well, then remove it and allow the fire to smolder. My fires usually
smolder for 24 to 48 hours. When cold, I remove blackened as well
as mottled pots, depending upon where the burning sawdust settled.

Oh, don't forget to open the damper...

Barbara Sansing