Preparing for a wood firing takes a lot of physical labor. Wood needs to be split, sized, and stacked. Shelves and kiln furniture to be cleaned of wadding (the stuff that keeps pots from sticking to the shelves). Shelves and kiln furniture need to be “washed” with a coating that will resist the glaze and ash deposits. The kiln needs to be completely free of ash and wadding. In this case, our kiln requires a new coat of stucco. All pots need wadding underneath or separating multiple parts, such as lids.
I put in around 5 hours on Sunday, grinding kiln furniture and applying kiln wash. Stupidly forgot to put sun lotion on – boy is my neck red!