Storage, not moderation.
Yes, the planning has taken an astronomical amount of time... no question about that. There have been many revisions of the kiln itself, let alone dealing with the many revised plans for the foundation and building and the detail drawings for stuff like the roof penetration point and the flashing, and such. CAD is handy.... but it is not all as fast as people think.
The planned cycle is a four day firing for at least the first firing. About 1 1 /2 to 2 days to 14, and then hold for about 2 days. So that is 3 eight hour shifts per day, for 4 days, or 12 eight hour shifts....... needing 4 people on each shift "team".
I am the current "kama moto" (Kiln Master) for this kiln....... so I will not only be there for a lot of the total hours of the firing....... but for the periods I am not there trying to get some sleep.... I will be "on call" like a doctor. I live only a 20 minute drive from the Sharon campus....... so that is easy to be there fast if needed.
I will be in the "kiln master" role for the forseeable future. I will be keeping track of the use of the kiln, and of course I'll sneak in a few pieces in every firing .
But you have to remember that I have a large wood kiln myself (slightly longer than this one) sitting in my back yard. So wood firing is not such a "novelty" option for me.... it is what I always do. But I think this kiln will be a "doozy" for results. We'll see.
Professor of Ceramics; New Hampshire Insitute of Art
Guest Professor, Wuxi Institute of Arts and Science, Yixing, China
Former President and Past President; Potters Council