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  1. postalpotter

    Dry firing on a new kiln

    how did you know I had a croquet court? Have yet to wash the shelves but thanks again for the save!
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    Dry firing on a new kiln

    I should have asked before I purchased 20lbs of wash from axner. What can I do with what I purchased??? and is 20lbs. sufficient to wash 8 shelves 12x24 more then once?
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    Pressure gauge reading

    Nice idea then I could have a forced air kiln! Yea!
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    Pressure gauge reading

    the kiln already has the baso , but your are right breaking old pipe fittings loose has always led to more of a headache then need be and if setting the controller at max temp opens the solenoids then that works and I will stop driving from the back seat. I wish my kiln had wheels!
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    Pressure gauge reading

    Neil, How can Linda short the solenoids open so that they are out of the line or should she just remove them and re-pipe the line from the valve to the BASO to fire manually? Or I'm I off base? I wish my kiln had wheels!
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    Pressure gauge reading

    Linda, I just got off of work and I haven't had time to read over all the replies you have received but you now have a group of knowledgeable people interested in your situation and they WILL see you thru. I do remember reading somewhere on Ward's site that he does charge by the hr. for advice if it is not on equipment that he has sold. I still think that a AC&Heating tech should be able to go through the plumbing and test the system but either way, I am not sure what is the best road for you to travel.
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    Pressure gauge reading

    Well? Something of a discussion got started. Since your kiln manufacture is no longer in business and you cant find an owners manual on line then how about calling out a furnace tech to look over the system and help you with your trouble shooting. Linda, what is the name of the kiln manufacture? Maybe some of the instructors who visit the sight might have come in contact with a kiln version like yours with a similar set up? I wish my kiln had wheels!
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    Pressure gauge reading

    Well Linda I was hoping that a reposting might attract someone who knew the answer to your problem. If I had your problem I would shut off all valves down stream from the regulator at the tank. I am not sure how things work in the rest of the world; WE insist we are correct and the rest of the planet should get in line, but turning the valve to the right should increase the pressure reading on the gauge. Turning it to the left should lessen the pressure. If there is no change there then it is either a bad gauge or the regulator. If you read the description of the regulators that Ward sells on his site you might get a better idea of what you are dealing with. I am not pushing Mark Ward it is just the only thing I know and the only person I have dealt with http://wardburner.com/burnersparts/regulatorsblowers.html
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    Gas firing question

    Hello Linda, Yea if you are reading your pressure at the bottles then that regulator with the gauge is the place to start. If you read ward's short post on regulators then the rubber diaphragm could be bad. Me I just don't know but for the price of your kiln just change the whole package. the regulators should be an easy purchase.
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    Gas firing question

    Linda, Who manufactured your kiln maybe you could contact them ? Or perhaps there might be an owners manual already on line. Pictures of the gas lines and associated valves might help. Also reposting your question under a new title might grab the attention of someone else
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    Gas firing question

    And I have earned the right to a bit of envy!
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    Gas firing question

    Linda A. What are you using for a regulator? If it is the same type as type you would use for your propane bar b que that probably is the reason you can get just 4lb of pressure. BUT what do I know. The reason I come here and type is that it is the only way I have to test my assumptions. From Mark Ward: http://www.wardburner.com/regulators.html also: http://www.wardburner.com/draft.html
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    Gas firing question

    Love your kiln. And Yes I am now truly jealous!
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    Gas firing question

    Linda A. Knowing nothing of what I speak. I would say you are on the right track, Ward figured I would need a stack a minimum of 8ft. from the floor of my kiln. I will say you have come to the right place for sound advice just a key stroke away.
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    Gas firing question

    Linda A Hey, Well as I have said I am a complete novice at this. My only experience with a gas firing is the test fire I did after the kiln was built. I still have not done a bisque fire calibration as described by Steve Davis in the July/Aug. PMI. My experience with the test firing was that I left the pressure the same, 3WC from 920deg. to 1960 without any need to add more fuel by just adjusting the damper. I got the rest of my increase after 1960 deg. by adding fuel and working the damper open by as little as an 1/8 of an inch. I did increase the gas pressure by as much as another 4in. WC before I ran low on pressure. I finally toped out at ^3. I did that on the last day of my vacation and I did it in the daylight where I really couldn't watch the flame. When I can make the time to fire at night I will follow Davis's article and do the bisque calibration. If I remember form your previous post you have an electric kiln so I doubt you have a need to do a gas bisque.
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