The cinder blocks are set to hold the body of the kiln. Its lower in the front to hold the ash pile from the wood.
A layer of insulating brick goes down as the first layer of brick to retain heat.
Spaces are left open for our dampers (They encourage air flow).
Our form that will be built around later, masonite, plywood, and 2x4s were used to create the arch form.
The ash pit. 2" steel grates are added so heat can build up faster throughout the kiln.
A layer of concrete board is added to level, as well as keep the moisture levels down in the kiln.
The pit is finished and the the floor is laid. In the back we added our exit flues that will start the chimney.
The form has been added, and we start to add brick until we hit the top.
The walls are finished, we then added a keystone at the top to hold the form in place. It is a mixture of portland cement and fire clay.
We bricked the door up to size the bricks that are needed. The opening is the stoke hole where the wood will be tossed in.
The chimney is started to be built up, we will later taper it in to encourage air pull.
The chimney is the last to be built since we needed a lift.
After the wood support has been pulled, we covered the kiln in kaowool, chicken wire (to hold the stucco), and stucco (a mixture of portland cement, sand and fire clay). The square form is our peep, to watch our cones that gauge the temperature of the kiln.
The inside of the kiln. The openings are exit flues to the chimney for the air and heat to be pulled through the kiln.
The finished product! The chimney stands 18' feet tall from the kiln pad. We also had enough brick to build a pizza oven off the side of it.