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For the "pit" firing with my students this weekend, we are using a barrel!
First we (thanks Paul!) cut the 55 gallon drum barrel down to size. It's now 23 inches in diameter and 24 inches tall.
Removed the oil pan to find pretty good combustion during the short test.
Faces rinsed and scrubbed. Some nice blackening, a tiny touch of green and some subtle iridescence. I'm pleased with the way the barrel handled the flame and combustion. I'm pleased with the look of these pieces. I'm pleased that they didn't crack! Not bad for a quick test! We'll see if we can do even better on Saturday!