The first task after getting the kettle boiling and cracking open the biscuits was to prepare the kiln. We did this with lining the base of the kiln with sods of turf so that air could only get in through the designated intakes. This meant that the kiln would not burn too hot and so produce charcoal rather than embers!
|Preparing the kiln|
|Loading the kiln with log around the motty peg|
Once the kiln was full the motty peg can be pulled out - easier said than done! and this leaves a hole for starting the fire. Ed filled the hole with some hot embers and some wood chippings to get it going.
|Hole left after removing the motty peg|
|Getting the fire going|
|The kiln slowly burning away turning birch into charcoal!|