It's amazing how fast time can fly by when you're having fun (or not having fun, as the case may be). The effort required to make a living has unfortunately taken precedent over playing.
Today, however, I decided enough was enough and decided to play with fire.
A few weeks ago, I acquired a Tiger Torch (ask me no questions, I'll tell you no lies). This beast, so sexy in its simplicity, hooks up to a standard bbq tank and pumps out up to 220,000 BTU. Enough to barbeque a brontosaurus burger!
Tonight was just a test to see how hot I could get an impromptu kiln assembled out of fire bricks (If you recall from a previous post, I have made an upper and lower crucible for a reverbratory furnace out of ceramic clay, but need to fire the clay still, hence the kiln.)
I assembled the kiln, and stuck the torch in, hooked up the pyrometer:
One stack of bricks
Assemble and insert one Tiger Torch and light
Damn, that's hot
1/2 hour later, 1400 degrees (I actually got 1450 at one point). Hot enough to fire low-temp clay, and hot enough to melt aluminum. Let the fun begin.