We took delivery of the new iron framework (Caledonian Sheet Metal works in Inverness). The kiln now has a detachable firemouth door and vertical supports at the corners. This should minimise some of the movement from firing and unbuilding for packing. I suspect that a complete rebuild will be in order next year, at which point I might as well increase the size, it just isn't big enough.
The door is a sandwich of fibre/kiln shelf/fibre, tin foil and weldmesh on the outer face. Two pieces of vermiculite board on the side which I dismantle for packing. We'll see how well that survives over time.
Isn't it smart? But......
|Daylight between chimney hood and roof as the filler has burned out, letting the rain in of course.|