3:45 a.m. There is a light rain falling and other than that it's pretty quiet as I light the fire. The door is covered in a mixture of sand(mostly) and fireclay. This just seals up or chinks the spaces in the door bricks. The fire is started in the lower end of the kiln just like any fire is started, a little kindling(poplar bark shredded into a little ball) , some small sticks, and a match!