I am in the final stages of closing up the kiln. I will light the fire on Friday the 29th., firing through to the 3rd or so. The first 3 days will be by myself, the last 2 with a helper.
I only loaded to the 4th. step. I am putting in a wall just behind the last ware, in effect making a ‘sutema’. The bricks I am using to close off the inner portion are hand made and are much lighter than their size suggests.