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  1. Post your ideas for challenges here. Like peoples ideas for them to have a bigger chance of being selected for use. The more popular an idea the more likely it is to be chosen.
  2. Does look like a Cromartie kiln but I have never seen one with a brick lid. If it is the same setup as mine with two elements in series they need to be 9~ ohms each or 18.5 total. 240 volts/13 amps = 18.46 ohms
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    New Forum

    I will try not to complain as change happens but is there no 'what's on your mind' section with the new forum software? I liked that bit. Also I can't see any buttons at the top besides my avatar but the buttons are there. Maybe I am being stupid and I will find these things.
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    How are these stacked in a glaze firing? I'm confused
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    Home Made Kiln Controller

    Did a little more tinkering on the kiln. Finally finished a little bit of code that sets an on off duty cycle from 0/6th on to 6/6th on every minute. I did mess up somewhere as in the late stages going from full on to full off the relay stayed on. You can see in the graph where it shoots up in temperature and I unplug the relay wire to get it to stop. It stays pretty close to the set-point besides that. The PID is doing little right now other than working out set-point temp - current temp. The current temp line does not match up exactly with the set-point line so something is off in the code there too. It was consistently under the set-point by a few degrees but looking it is above the blue line. Reasonably successful bisque firing but the thermocouple is reading a little low.
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    Home Made Kiln Controller

    I have always been interested in electronics, still remember designing and making PCB back in school. The availability of good reasonably priced electronics is amazing, also a lot of rubbish out there too Did a bit of research into the Raspberry Pi last night and thermocouple measuring. Came across this product that is designed for a type K thermocouple, not the best for cone 10, but, after searching the forum if I can desolder the type K chip and purchase the right thermocouple type it 'should' work. Is it best to go for type S, or type N or type R. I am a little lost there. New chip seems to be around $5 No idea how this is going to work out, only studied basic programming on linux but there seem to be enough tutorials out there to copy and past my way to something that could work. http://www.adafruit.com/products/269
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    Just another electric to gas kiln conversion

    I got to cone10 easily with the forced air burner but not with the venturi burner. It was a while ago now but I remember none of the cones moving at all, maybe one of the 8's slightly. Still using the kiln but not very much as it has been winter and I haven't had any motivation to fire.
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    Just another electric to gas kiln conversion

    I think the chimney was some of the problem. A good breeze would make it rise in temps after stalling out. The thermocouple was also reading off by a lot but if I remember, cone8 was not budging. A taller chimney that is actually cemented together would be better. The flow of my kiln always seemed off and I think it might come down to my burner being in the wrong place. Using a forced air burner solved most of the issues but I still think there's a flow problem. Some of it also comes down to needing a bit more air space at the back instead of shelf.
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    Orifice Size for Propane Kiln?

    I used a 1.5mm drill for my orifice which is near enough 1/16th of an inch. Off the top of my head that works out at 60,000-70,000 BTU/h at 1 or 2 PSI but I would need to check the exact figures. Do you think the problem was too much air or not enough air? Maybe it is also not mixing great in the burner or do you have any kind of nozzle on the end? When starting I struggle to keep the temps from shooting up. Never had an issue with getting the temperature to rise. The orifice size is more related to how many BTU/hour you want at the pressures you can get, not sure there will be too much difference in how it functions although you seem to have found a bigger one better. Maybe the lower pressure allows for better mixing of the gasses. Do you have any photos of your burner? or a video would be great.
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    Ian Currie Test Tiles Forums?

    Them pesky eutectic. Maybe too much calcium? in corner C. It is reminding me of a tile I did with whiting and soda feldspar.
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    Lithium replacement

    I think this is the right point. 'The thing about toxicology is that everything is toxic at some level' If you are taking out the lithium you may as well remove the aluminium and most other things.
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    Lithium replacement

    I don't think lithium poses any toxicity issue, where did you get that from? I think having a good mix of oxides, including lithium will help retain other metals in the glass like copper or cobalt.
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    Question on mixing colorant batches

    64 seems pretty close to 65, I tried to understand the spreadsheet but I am to tired.
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    Community Challenge #9

    Sorry to hear about your dad passing away Life is a strange part of death. It's a shame they didn't work, I think there is something that would work but I am never sure what that would be.
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    Chimney Entrance Reduction

    Interesting question that I don't really know the answer to. Read through the pages a few times and it still doesn't make much sense. He says "the inlet-flue areas must be equal to the exit-flue areas" then below tells you to restrict the exit flue. The only thing I can think is he also mentions "If the exit flues are too restricted, this will slow down the flow and retard combustion efficiency" I guess maybe he is restricting it a bit but not too much to slow down the exiting of gasses without destroying combustion efficiency.
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    Black Iron Oxide

    For some reason I always assumed black iron oxide sold was FeO because it is black. After some googling people seem to say it is Fe3O4. The only MSDS I can find for black iron oxide says Fe2O3 so not much clarity there. What am I buying?
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    Help me alter this glaze recipe...

    Is it not coming from the terracotta?
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    Black Iron Oxide

    That's why it's confusing, two types of iron oxide are named black iron oxide.
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    Black Iron Oxide

    Pretty sure you are right, just always thought it was FeO. Always good to be wrong as long as you find out you are wrong
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    Expert knoledge and eyes needed for a failed cone 6 fireing

    What do you mean by it is a reduction kiln?
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    Downloading Firing Data from Genesis Digital Controller

    I got to a point where it is usable to fire a kiln besides overshooting the set point badly so lost some drive as I hit a natural stop of it somewhat working. The next step to work out how to fine tune that seems complicated and put me off a little. I will get back to it. I always find the hardest bit is getting motivation to sit down and start, once I start I get really motivated but I struggle to force myself to do the first step of sitting down. Also the kiln is in my bedroom and I don't actually want to fire it properly to save slowly poisoning myself or burning down the house. Been looking at moving house so lots of other stuff going on with that, need a space with a dedicated pottery room or shed. It is not exactly the safest setup
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    Downloading Firing Data from Genesis Digital Controller

    Interesting, seems a bit like python. Makes me want to start back up my controller project but I keep opening it up and forgetting where I actually got to in the process I like python and using matplotlib, there seem to be a lot of data scientist using python but maybe that is because I watch a lot of python related videos.
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    Downloading Firing Data from Genesis Digital Controller

    If it seems to match up with how far away the temps are from the set-point then it makes sense in my head. Also seems a useful thing to log. What is R? Just some simple graphing software?
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    Downloading Firing Data from Genesis Digital Controller

    I would guess sp = set point, dunno about out2. Could be to do with the PID value, if it overshoots the setpoint does the out2 go negative? Makes me wonder why they don't graph it live while firing.
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    Shopping for My First Kiln

    What's 10 volts between friends power supply in general is not consistent and can easily vary 5-10 volts anyway depending how many people in your area are using power.

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