Thank you for the nice feedback Debunix, Chip and Andrzej. I am excited to fire it for the first time (not counting burning my scrap wood from the build).
As for the posts being too close, that may be another project for another season. I can always move them to the other side of the beam. I have this kiln so well insulated and with 9" plus walls that include K-26's on the outside, a thermal break (insulating gap) between the kiln bricks and the pavers that are nearest the posts, flame going in the opposite direction, that I'm thinking the radiating heat shouldn't be too bad. If it is, I always have a hose at the ready, 10 ft away when I fire, (and already turned on) and an extinguisher near by. Plus I'll keep my fingers crossed!
We shall see...
It's been three months of non-stop work and a year of research and planning, all riding on Sunday's firing... Suspense!! I believe it will go very well.
Just need a name for the new kiln. I would gladly accept ideas... as a matter of fact, if I choose one of the names offered, I'll give the provider a really nice tea bowl!