Manabigama – LeVeL

Well…. Joe Frank did it.  Scott helped create a form and Joe Frank poured castable and concrete to level both the firebox and the kiln.  It, apparently, is now level and we are ready to begin building up, up  and away!

A Level Firebox

Firebox is now level.

Wooden form will eventually come off and we will begin bricking up the floor of the kiln.  The firebox is poured castable on hardbrick.  The kiln itself has concrete.  The firebrick will go ontop of the concrete.  Lets hope this baby lasts and lasts.  Personally, I have never poured anything but the keystone of a kiln (and used castable for the exterior).  Of course, to be perfectly honest, I have little experience building kilns.  I think I have participated in just one true kiln building class where we built a kiln from scratch.  So…. I just should keep my mouth shut.

Side view of Manabigama

Manabigama in construction - side view

On the right is the firebox (yellow brick = firebrick).  The wood frame is still there to hold the concrete/castable.  Next week we begin bricking the floor of the kiln!

We will have a wood kiln soon!!!!

I’ll keep you posted.