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Dawn

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Hiro loads his work in the barrelI was thrilled with the results of the Barrel Fire this week.  We used smaller diameter wood with lots of small sticks.  I suspect this caused higher heat.

Chuck Parsons loaded the Barrel with a 6-8 inch layer of wood and newspaper.  Work was then placed in the Barrel with copper scrub pads, steel wool, copper card, and Epson salts.  Another layer of wood and paper and then another layer of work.  A final layer of wood was thin.  We could see the work through the sticks.

After firing for 30 minutes, the wood was about Lara Carrol's miniatureshalf gone.  Additional small wood was carefully added to make sure no work was damaged.  The fire burned very low within another 30 minutes.  We then covered the barrel for 15 minutes before removing the work with raku tongs.  The work was then cooled with water.  (For impatience reasons only.) Wonderful results.

Tara Robertson



Tara had fired this pot previously in a pit fire with cobalt.  The re-fire was much more exciting.







Chuck Parsons




Dry Copper Carb on Chuck's piece made lovely red.









Bill created this detail with Tin Foil



Bill glued a small piece of tin foil to his pot.  It created a nice design.  Unfortunately, the pot cracked.  We believe that platter forms have more crack problems in barrel fire due to the heat variations.





Huanita Marshall




Juanita glued leaves to her work which
show up perfectly.  We will post details on her method as soon as possible.  



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Very nice. I am very interested in barrel firing as I do not have the space or resources for a raku kiln, but I can get a barrel for $10 at a local junk collector's place. Thanks for all the information!!
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Barrel Fire is a great solution for backyard firings.  Glad we could help.  Be sure to post some pictures for us.


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Definitely! Thanks for moderating the forums!
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Any updates on barrel firing? We attempted one but I think we needed to use smaller diameter sticks. We did enhance the fire by using a leaf blower to fan the flames and increase fire intensityl.

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Using a leaf blower is brilliant!  I think getting air into the fire is the hardest part of barrel fire.   
I have noticed you need a variety of wood sizes.  Small to get things burning and large to keep it burning at high temps.  We also put in additional wood as it burns, but this can break a piece when a chunk of firewood lands on a fragile bit. 

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