PROCESS

The salt kiln is made up of over 7000 hard bricks, and is only fired once a year. It burns 5 cords of wood and holds about 300 pots.

 

To get beautiful results, the firing takes 30-35 hours, at a temperature of 2400.

Doug throwing a sauerkraut pot.
Doug throwing a sauerkraut pot.
Getting ready for a salt firing.
Getting ready for a salt firing.
The salt kiln.
The salt kiln.

Construction of the 7000 brick kiln began in 2001 and was completed in 2003. The kiln is fired once or twice a year.

Wood-fired salt kiln firing.
Wood-fired salt kiln firing.
Wood-fired salt kiln firing.
Wood-fired salt kiln firing.
Wood-fired salt kiln firing.
Wood-fired salt kiln firing.
Feeding salt into the fire.
Feeding salt into the fire.

It takes about 30 hours to fire, 5 cords of firewood per firing and a crew of people thru the night.

Wood-fired salt kiln firing.
Wood-fired salt kiln firing.

The Dragon is removed from the chimney top to open it's fire to the sky.

Pots stacked inside the kiln.
Pots stacked inside the kiln.