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Arnold Howard

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About Arnold Howard

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    Graduate, School of Life

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    http://www.paragonweb.com

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    Mesquite, Texas USA
  • Interests
    Writing, history, glass fusing, martial arts. I enjoy watching movies with family.

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  1. Arnold Howard

    Vintage American beauty / Cress electric kilns

    If your kilns are in good shape, I would keep them. You will learn a lot from firing switch-operated kilns. I suggest phoning Cress. The people there are very helpful. Cress Mfg. Co. 775-884-2777 or 800-423-4584 Sincerely, Arnold Howard Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA / ahoward@paragonweb.com / www.paragonweb.com
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    Gare Kiln

    You can download our instruction manual. Much of the information will apply to your kiln since it covers the Kiln Sitter. http://paragonweb.com/ManualInfo.cfm?CID=148 Sincerely, Arnold Howard Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA ahoward@paragonweb.com / www.paragonweb.com
  3. Arnold Howard

    Cookies

    Chocolate chip or peanut butter? When Mel Jacobson taught high school ceramics, his students made ceramic "cookies" that looked like real peanut butter cookies, complete with fork impressions. The faculty learned not to take cookies from the clay room. The cookies weren't fired, of course. Arnold Howard
  4. Arnold Howard

    gas kiln.

    I have Thermal Ceramics brand K23 and K25 bricks in front of me. They look the same. New bricks are stamped with the temperature rating on the end. There is a slight difference in weight: K23, 2.5" thick: 1 lb., 15 oz. K25, 2.5" thick: 2 lb., 7 oz. I recommend "21st Century Kilns." It is available on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/21st-Century-Kilns-Mel-Jacobson-ebook/dp/B06XGMQQF8/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1521565719&sr=1-1&keywords=21st+century+kilns&dpID=51%2B9YN5VCQL&preST=_SY445_QL70_&dpSrc=srch Sincerely, Arnold Howard Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USAahoward@paragonweb.com / www.paragonweb.com
  5. Arnold Howard

    Kiln cross country moving preparations

    Stephen, this video shows how we crate top-loading kilns at Paragon. I recommend a skid under the kiln, with sheets of cardboard between the kiln and the skid. You could use ratchet straps instead of the steel banding shown in the video. Good luck with your move. Sincerely, Arnold Howard Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA ahoward@paragonweb.com / www.paragonweb.com
  6. Arnold Howard

    firebrick crack

    I wonder if Pyrolite could be injected into the lid crack to repair it. Pyrolite is a high temperature adhesive that remains flexible because it contains ceramic fiber. I will look into this. Sincerely, Arnold Howard Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA ahoward@paragonweb.com / www.paragonweb.com
  7. Arnold Howard

    Propper shelf size?

    The heat distribution may change a little, but not enough to matter. As long as you have enough room for your fingers when you load or unload the shelves, they should be satisfactory. Sincerely, Arnold HowardParagon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA ahoward@paragonweb.com / www.paragonweb.com
  8. Arnold Howard

    If one of your students....

    You sound like an amazing teacher. Keep doing exactly what you're doing. Sincerely, Arnold Howard Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USAahoward@paragonweb.com / www.paragonweb.com
  9. Arnold Howard

    Pyrometer Usage?

    I agree with the others that the thermocouple should be detachable so you can remove it while loading the kiln. For accuracy, the hole in the kiln wall should fit the thermocouple without much extra play. If the hole is too large, air can enter the kiln and affect the temperature readings. Pyrometers and thermocouples are enjoyable to use. We can learn a lot from them. Sincerely, Arnold Howard Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA ahoward@paragonweb.com / www.paragonweb.com
  10. Arnold Howard

    Old Damaged Kiln

    I suggest replacing the lid and bottom before firing the kiln. They are available in firebrick and with care should last for many years. It sounds like your original lid and bottom are made of ceramic fiber. Sincerely, Arnold Howard Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA ahoward@paragonweb.com / www.paragonweb.com
  11. Your kilns don't have asbestos. You can assure your husband of that. The bricks in the lid could probably be tightened by tightening the stainless steel lid band. Kiln repairs will be easy, especially for your husband because of his background. The instruction manuals are likely downloadable as pdf files online. Sincerely, Arnold Howard Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA ahoward@paragonweb.com / www.paragonweb.com
  12. Arnold Howard

    It's my own fault I know_just a wee rant

    If you wrote screen plays, you could use the studio as the basis for a comedy series. I know the situation in the studio is serious, but your description made it sound more entertaining than "The Office"! Arnold Howard
  13. Arnold Howard

    Skutt Cone 10 vs larger Skutt Cone 8 kiln

    If you are firing to cone 6, get a kiln with 3" thick firebricks rather than 2 1/2". Always get a cone 10 kiln for firing pottery even if you don't fire to cone 10. The elements in a cone 10 kiln generally last longer than elements in a cone 8 kiln. The hotter you fire, of course, the faster the elements will wear out. Sincerely, Arnold Howard Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA ahoward@paragonweb.com / www.paragonweb.com
  14. It is safe to fire PMC Clay in your kiln. The metal clay will not contaminate the kiln. However, if the metal clay is placed on a kiln shelf, the shelf itself may become contaminated. This causes clear glass to turn slightly yellowish. But it might not affect ceramic glazes that are fired on the same shelf. Sincerely, Arnold Howard Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA ahoward@paragonweb.com / www.paragonweb.com
  15. Arnold Howard

    Kiln lid not flush...

    That gap under the lid at room temperature may be intentional. The small gap under the lid when it is latched at the lowest position may close as the kiln gets hot. I suggest that you check to see if this happens. The gap might actually increase if you don't use the 3-position latch. Paragon top-loading kilns that are equipped with lid springs have a gap at the back of the lid. When the kiln is cold, the gap is about 3/32" and closes as the kiln gets hot. I agree with Neil that you can alter the bending of the witness cones by the way you load the kiln. The greater the thermal mass, the more energy needed to fire it. Cooler areas of the kiln should be loaded with less thermal mass. This is why witness cones on each shelf are still a wonderful investment even in this digital age. You can check the heat distribution at a glance with cones. If you keep a firing notebook, include a sketch of the witness cones and a description of the ware loaded on each shelf. If your notes are in a digital format, include a photo showing the labeled witness cones. Sincerely, Arnold Howard Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA ahoward@paragonweb.com / www.paragonweb.com
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