The Abdet Lime Kiln can be found in the woods above the village. It is a 1 mile walk from the house. You can follow this route here

The ancient traditional uses of lime go back to the Roman era. It was employed as a mortar for building purposes and was also used to plaster and paint houses and walls, among other uses. The abundant limestone in these lands was baked in ovens called lime kilns in order to produce lime. Lime kilns were built by excavating a firing chamber, often lined with stones, to which an extra surrounding wall was sometimes added.

They were located on a slope to facilitate the positioning of their two openings; one at the bottom of the kiln to fuel and control the fire, and the other the top to load limestones into the kiln. Besides, they were located near limestone quarries and also to forests in order to obtain sufficient firewood to burn. The lime manufacturing process began with the extraction and transport of limestones to the upper kiln terrace. A drywall builder would lay the largest stones inside the firing chamber at the bottom of the kiln and continued to build a dry wall until a false vault was created. The kiln then was fully loaded with all sizes of limestones and topped with fine gravel. Finally, any hole left was filled with processed lime, except for the sides, and a top hole was left open for the smoke to escape. The bottom opening of the kiln was filled with all types of firewood and a fire was lighted. There would have been a man watching over this fire, topping it up day and night, which could last all week long. Once the limestone was baked, both openings were covered for a few days to extinguish the fire. Finally, when the kiln had cooled down, the limestones, now converted into lime, were extracted and unloaded. The Tossal de Dalt limestone kiln was in working order until the 50's in the 20th century.


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