I've been trying to get more creative on my post titles.... pretty good huh?
I would have posted sooner, but I misplaced the camera for a little while there. Sheridan found it this morning though, and everything is going well. The first chamber is full.
The second chamber?....
A little less than full. We figured that since the second chamber is already getting to ~1800 either way we might as well put the rest of the pots in there and take advantage of the free heat. With such an empty chamber we were extra careful to try and stack the chamber evenly top to bottom, and side to side. We left 9" open on the floor, with the thought that this way there is a better chance that we can fire the chamber slightly dampered down and it will be easier to achieve a decent reduction
As for gap in the front of the first chamber, we stuffed some fiber in to act as an expansion joint.
We then covered that with newspaper soaked in a clay/sand slip to bridge the gap, and then covered that in our regular sand/clay/straw mixture, just to make it look pretty.
300 degrees and rising! The new kiln door fits quite tightly too... nice.