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saggar firing in a wood stove?

updated thu 17 aug 00


Candice Roeder on wed 16 aug 00

Sorry about those neighbors!

I do pit firing on a regular basis and wouldn't care have those fumes in
my house.
I wouldn't recommend using copper and salt and that kind of thing
indoors, and it generally takes chemicals + heat to get color. I've
done the paper bag saggar (to about cone 010 in a kiln) and don't know
how that would work, but again, for color you'd need the chemicals.

If you left little pieces in the ashes for days, I'm guessing they would
turn out all black. If that's what you want, then try it.

I know of someone who fires small things (tiles and small figures) in
sawdust in an old electric frying pan. (She does this outside, and
electricity is not involved) Her pieces have color (underglazes and
stains) prior to firing and this gives her a nice smoked, aged,
interesting surface to them. The smoked areas don't overwhelm the
pieces. She doesn't use much sawdust at all, it is coarse and just
covers the pieces. Maybe this could be done with a container within the
stove, igniting the sawdust, closing the door and letting is smolder.
Question is, will you have smoke from smoldering sawdust in your house,
or will all the smoke go up the chimney?

Best of luck,