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  1. repairing grenware?

    Brilliant about the maple syrup, I was thinking to try it since I dont have Caro on hand,,,THANK YOU
  2. Whoops! Forgot To Turn On My Kiln Vent.

    I just forgot to turn on my vent switch also and did not realize until I woke up this morning, when the glaze fire was finished and at 1400 degrees. I turned on the vent and removed the top peep hole plug for a minute then replaced it. What do yo think the effect will be? My kiln is in my basement, I dont smell anything. My big concern is that I put in for the first time glazed greenware as an experiment after reading lots of pros and cons about it, including concern about the gasses. I put them on the top shelf , which was suggested by someone. I don't know way because the vent is from the bottom. I had other pieces in the kiln also (some of which are not my own!) I am afraid I have made the grossest error. It was a low fire glaze, no red glazes.
  3. I did the same thing last night. Was firing to cone 5 but only had witness cones 5.5 and 6 available, placed on top shelf. Cones bent very slightly which verified it did not reach cone 5.5. The kiln computer temp says it fired at 2171 degrees, which is 4 degrees hotter than what my tech chart says is a cone 5 temperature. If the temperature was correct can I assume the fire was cone 5?
  4. and OMG...I just got, (meaning comprehended) the HOTMAIL comment by MIN: I thought it was a type-0! this is the same brain that has to try absorb all of this!!!
  5. thanks for your advice, ill have to read more of the manual for that, I've only had 3 bisque and two glaze firings so far and only had to program for those simple choice settings (slow bisque with preheat, and a slow glaze...the rest is still a bit overwhelming for me, but thats what the manual is for, and I suppose my brain, so this too I can learn!! Thanks for being there for us!!
  6. one more thing...would I do it as just preheat to 350 then a hold of 30 minutes?
  7. and yes it does, that makes sense, that the venting should help! I like that
  8. Thanks.. I see he said "Go for it", but separately he said food vapors? could affect things, so I m not sure if the slight fogging/ film issue is what you mean that maybe that could linger in the kiln and then be released back onto my pottery later? Thanks...
  9. OK . SO can I bake a enamel paints onto heat tolerant surfaces in my kiln? I use currently do this in my oven, but the black mailboxes I paint on are smelly and also they leave a foggy film on themselves which does not happen on the white boxes, they come out shiny. My hubby would love if I could do these inn my kiln instead of the oven. is it possible to simply hold the temp at 350 for at least 30 minutes? I have the V6-CF Bartlett controller on my electric kiln and am a newbie. if it is possible, would I have to worry about the smokey film that is very hard to clean off the boxes also affecting my elements or walls? My intuition says yes it would be a potential problem..
  10. when can I open my kiln?

    Thanks for everyone's advise, newbie here. My kiln is cooling down from its second test fire right now: since there are no pieces in it, just the shelves and cones, can I open it early? its down to 1300 right now..

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