Slow progress on kilns (brr!)

Having decided that three kilns is the right number for my tobacco farm scene in St. Williams, I promptly got busy doing other things and this structure-building project has languished. That happens when I get out of the habit of putting in regular sessions on a project – and it’s been such a cold winter this year that all I really feel like doing is huddling for warmth in front of the fireplace.

Nevertheless, they must get done. So today I hauled out the tools and supplies and added tarpaper to three more end walls – walls opposite the doorways on the kilns. I attached and painted tarpaper before lunch- and after lunch I even got a start on painting, cutting and installing wood trim on the front and back of one kiln.

No photos yet – they’ll come in due course. I just wanted to say it feels good to resume his project and I hope I can keep up the momentum. That said, it’s bitter today and the fireplace beckons…

7 thoughts on “Slow progress on kilns (brr!)

  1. Trevor
    Remember, don’t thow the kilns into the fire place, keep a good supply of logs to keep the room warm. Good luck in surviving this cold.

  2. I was unaware that tobacco was grown so far North, in cool climates. Here, down-under the tobacco was grown in Far North Queensland (Dimbulah) in a tropical environment. It occasionally got “cold” to us. 50 – 60 F, and on very rare occasions got down to 20-25 F. Usual “summer time” temps from October to April are in the 80 – 95 F range. We kinda miss, what you would call Fall and Spring, these being measured in weeks, in stead of months.

    • Yes, tobacco is grown in Canada – although not nearly as much as it used to be.

      A while ago on my blog I included a link to an excellent documentary about Ontario’s tobacco history called The Back Breaking Leaf. Enjoy if you watch.

      I also wrote about Ontario’s tobacco industry – including the need for kilns – in a post called Flue-Cured. Enjoy if you read it.

      Cheers!

  3. Further to the above comment, if you go to Google maps and check out Dimbulah (photos) there is a classic “whistle stop” @ Petford photo.This is on our 3’6″ narrow gauge system, closed down about 10 years ago. As well as being a whistle stop,40 to 90 years ago, milk churns (cans) {about 10 imp gallons each} were also left for transport to the milk factory at Malanda, 25 miles away.

  4. One of the reasons why I use “trays” for modelling is the facility to move between places, including nestling by the fire when it gets to that time of year.

    I now use two types; the first type is a home built wooden tray that’s about the size of A3 paper, with sides around 3 and 5 inches high and a removeable front and a solid bottom. Something similar was shown in RMC a long time ago. The second is the plastic trays frequently used in Science labs which are normally just over A4 size and around 40mm deep. I got mine when a local school where my wife taught was re-fitted. Rescued before they went into the skip they came with a cabinet that holds some 18 or so trays.

    Terry

  5. Trevor, your timing is fine with regard to Kiln building. The tobacco crop will not be ready until say late August/September – so you are right on track starting to build them in time for the harvest. I can now see three neat tobacco kilns waiting to be filled come fall.
    Appreciate your blog.
    Cheers
    Neil

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