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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
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    Writing, history, glass fusing, martial arts. I enjoy watching movies with family.

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  1. Arnold Howard

    Test firing electric kiln

    Were the cones placed directly on the floor of the kiln? This would explain why the bottom cones are underfired. The floor of the kiln is difficult to heat, because the floor is a heavy thermal mass that requires a lot more energy to heat than the center of the kiln. Arnold Howard ahoward@paragonweb.com
  2. If you have time, obtain a multimeter and find out what is wrong with the kiln. You will learn about kilns and will discover that they are simple to work on. Arnold Howard
  3. Arnold Howard

    Mystery firing problem. Not for the faint of heart.

    Maria, make sure the lid is closed all the way and the peephole plugs are inserted since you are using a downdraft vent. Have you changed batches of clay lately? Are you using witness cones? Could you post a sketch or photos of the way you are loading the kiln? It would be interesting to see the spacing, in inches, between shelves. Arnold Howard
  4. Arnold Howard

    Skutt kiln long firing

    All the elements are working unless something failed at the very end of the last firing. The elements have some wear, or the voltage could be low. I would check the voltage under load. Low voltage can drastically lengthen the firing time. (Voltage under load means testing the voltage while the kiln is firing. Do this test only if you are experienced with electrical work and have electrically insulated gloves.) I agree with Neil that you should have a meter. Every kiln owner should have one. Arnold Howard
  5. Arnold Howard

    Skutt kiln long firing

    If the thermocouple disintegrated due to wear, then the elements are probably getting weaker, too. That would cause the longer firing. Arnold Howard
  6. Arnold Howard

    Paragon Kiln New Wiring Install

    Could you post photos of your kiln and its cord and plug? Sincerely, Arnold Howard Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA
  7. Arnold Howard

    Well, There's Your Problem!

    Sometimes the shelf with melted, embedded clay becomes a work of art. Arnold Howard
  8. Arnold Howard

    Well, There's Your Problem!

    The second firebrick bottom is not essential. It's very nice, because it saves a little electricity. Arnold Howard
  9. Arnold Howard

    Well, There's Your Problem!

    The second firebrick bottom saves electricity.
  10. Arnold Howard

    Well, There's Your Problem!

    Other than the damaged bottom, the kiln looks almost new. It will be easy to repair. Sincerely, Arnold Howard Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA
  11. Arnold Howard

    General Kiln Questions

    It's a good idea to load kiln-washed shelves for your first firing. Arnold
  12. Arnold Howard

    General Kiln Questions

    As long as the shelves are stored in a dry area, humidity won't be a concern. You shouldn't let dust get onto the kiln. The dust could settle into the switch box and cause the electrical components to overheat. I suggest that when the kiln is not in use, cover it to keep out the dust, and keep it disconnected from the power. Sincerely, Arnold Howard Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA
  13. Arnold Howard

    Old Kilns - not in working order for years

    Angelia, I didn't see a picture of the electrical data plates, but I believe your Paragon kiln is an A-82B. It appears to be in mint condition. The other kiln is a Vulcan. Here is an instruction sheet for testing your A-82B. With these instructions, you won't even need to turn on the kiln to check the elements, switches, cord, Kiln Sitter, etc. This is because the ohmmeter readings are taken from the plug prongs, while the kiln is unplugged. http://paragonweb.com/files/manuals/IM20-Ohmmeter%20Readings%20Paragon%20kilns.pdf Sincerely, Arnold Howard Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA
  14. Arnold Howard

    Paragon QF fiber kiln

    I don't recommend firing directly on the QuikFire IV fiber bottom. A shelf would last much longer. Paragon no longer sells the 4" x4" shelf. But we can cut a shelf down to that size for you. If you are interested, please send an email to info@paragonweb.com. Laura will answer. Sincerely, Arnold Howard Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA
  15. Arnold Howard

    Paragon QF fiber kiln

    The kiln is the QuikFire IV. We eventually discontinued that kiln because the larger 6" x 6" x 6" became more popular. The QuikFire IV will reach 1,000F in five minutes, so you have to be very careful not to overfire the kiln. Please do not let the kiln get hotter than 2,000°F. The instruction manual: http://paragonweb.com/files/manuals/IM110-Quikfire_Inst_&_Service_Manual.pdf I hope you enjoy the kiln as much as I have. Sincerely, Arnold Howard / Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA
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