|Below is an example of the firing log for one of the longer firings in the Wysing anagama.|
14 18 June 2001
Weather: unsettled, thunder storms, Thursday rain at night, Friday sunny morning thunderstorms in late afternoon and evening. Saturday: wind and rain Sunday over cast wind dropping clear at night. Monday morning clear.
4 stacks great fir and pine half stack Walnut.
Dampers set 2 inches in. air bricks larger, 2 x half bricks each side. 1 half brick in on edge.
12:00 mid day Kiln was lit. Small fire in the fire mouth,
6:00pm Fire pushed further into the kiln and the door bricked up.
Fire kept small for several hours then stoked with larger stokes, flame starting to travel down the chamber. Front stokes all night little smoke. Stoke size increased when the 07 cones at front over producing lot of smoke from the chimney strong reduction. Flame just visable from the chimney window by 6am
Air bricks covered with half bricks on top so 1" x 3" gap. Dampers pushed 4 -5" in. flame movement slowed down, smaller stokes kiln temperature kept at approx 1200 at the front, heat travelling back.
Cones same at front cone 8 at back starting to bend heat very slowly increasing both front 11 cone going over through the day front stoking continued through the day and night
Damper settings and air settings same, stoking rate increased start to take stokes from the chimney window again.
Stoking sizes increased again back to stoking from chimney. Flame from chimney cone 11s front flat ash build up good. Cone 11 top back flat, left bottom halfway.
side stoking and front stoking taking stoking rate from chimney window. 5 side to 1 front
3am Large front stokes carefully placed so not to disturb ember piles too much good melt visible.
4am firing finished. Door and air inlets clammed up after 15 minutes of last stoke. All visible pots very shiny strong ash run on front pots.