WOW, thanks for ALL of the wonderful input!!!
I will try to answer your questions...
It is a gas kiln, which is updraft. It's about 40 years old and a workhorse.
It has a Chromalox on it, but it doesn't shut off unless I shut it off...so I have to kiln sit!
When I turn it on, both burners go on; I can't operate them independently.
It has dampers, which I keep open approximately 3 inches.
I do oxidation firings only so far. Once I get the hang of firings I may dabble in reduction!
I've tried it with a slow ramp and without. I seem to reach ^6 around 5 pm (starting at 7) no matter what I do. I had some minor warping of pieces so I thought a slower ramp up would prevent that, but it still happens.
I'm very lucky that the glazes I'm using have done well in the firings (Mastering Cone 6 Glazes and some other random ones).
And when I say "stuck" I mean it; they built the kiln room around the two gas kilns we have! Those puppies are there for good!