here's a few shots of the kiln. This one was from the first full firing. The stacking space is ~45 cu ft. It has a Bourry Box and a 15' chimney
Inside the firebox- the bricks sticking out hold the wood charge up- air flows down through the fuel, which has a number of advantages. One of the main benefits is that ash falling from the wood is entrained into the airflow, so ash gets in the chamber very well.
Here I am goofing off with a machete during a summer firing.
Stoking. In general, this is much safer to fire than a traditional crossdraft as the wood charge insulates you from the outrageous heat/radiation at high temps. For most of the firing I operate without gloves, and the heat doesn't make your clothes smoke.