Getting Ready / Pit Fire

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The first batch of pots are now wrapped and ready for pit firing. They have copper wire (used to hold the elements tight) and then kelp, seaweed, cornhusk, and other assorted items tied close to the surface to influence the color of the finished product. Three are wrapped in foil, or what's called a saggar,  to hold elements even closer to the surface of the pot.

These six pots will be then loaded into a 55 gallon oil drum that has a sawdust bed inside. They will be buried up to a certain level and then pine needles, hard wood, and more sawdust will be added until the drum is full. 

A little kerosene and a match and the firing will begin. 

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