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  1. Perhaps a high heat silicone from an auto supply store? Remember the silicone oven mitts one could buy. I doubt the coffee pot would get over 212f as long as it had water in it. If one is letting it boil dry then one definitely has far greater problems than just a wooden handle scorching! Just sayin
  2. They have mica online at new mexico clay. it's mined here in northern new mexico.
  3. I doubt a nail would make it thru a cone 10 firing. A 6d nail would turn into nothing but scale and crumble. IF I may be so bold as to ask... What are you trying to achieve.?
  4. Hey Matt that's an awful lot of seashells if you have a large kiln. I've never used them but I have used lots of wadding making nearly 1200 on each glaze firing. I make mine out of epic and alumina with sawdust thrown in to make the wads porous and easier to remove after firing. Never tried the lime as a kiln wask but I'm sure interested. Please keep us posted!!!+
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    slightly wobbly wheel head

    As above you might see if there is something keeping the wheel head from seating on the tapered shaft or if one or both pins on the shafts are bent.
  6. I have a shimpo. I have had ZERO problems. I wouldn't give up on it. They do make good products despite what was said here. perhaps adding some dry powdered clay in with it will help. Clay moisture being "just right" is highly subjective.
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    Giffin grip

    Worth their weight in moon rocks.. wouldn't be without one.
  8. I built the kiln where the damper, blower and fireboxes were on one side. The chimney is between the fireboxes and has a heat shield. Air is forced between this heatshield and the chimney brick preheating the air that is channeled to the fireboxes. At our altitude (6500 ft) the problem is a lack of oxygen and the blower, scavenged from a home forced air furnace, was the remedy. It's an all hard brick kiln but I've insulated it well with kaowool and other various materials and wrapped it with corrugated roofing material.
  9. Wood firing doesn't have to use forests of wood and take days to fire.. for example I built a large 80 cubic foot kiln that fires from dark to cone 11 in 7 hours and uses around 1/2 cord of scrap wood.
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    Orange Red Iron Glaze

    Here's a John britt tomato red^10 wood fired reduction. This I do know about this iron saturate glaze.... it must be fired to the prescribed temp or above and cooled very slowly for the color to appear. When I say appear I mean that it doesn't develop the color till somewhere around 500f. Before that it's a muddy brown. Don't ask me why it's just my observations. It takes my kiln 4 days to cool so I mean slowly.
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    Wheel removal

    If you zoom in on the small hole on the left I see threads. My guess is there are Allen set screws in there perhaps...?
  12. Hi guys 80cf Woodfired I do lots of throwing with sculpting added to pieces... lamps ,sconces ,banks , sinks, face mugs etc... Mugs are my "fillers pieces around 60 to 70 a day I'll work about a month to fill it. So from beginning throwing and sculpting to glaze firing is a month and a half. I'll really feeling old lately. . In my younger days I used to be able to fill the kiln in 3 days with thrown pieces.
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    Averting kiln disasters

    Well for economic reasons I would think most potters fire a full kiln. I usually fire anywhere between 300 to 500 pieces in my kiln and if fired correctly there's usually no concern about exploding pieces.
  14. I believe there is a switch on the bottom of the motor to reverse the rotation. I have a Thomas Stewart that looks identical that has a reversing switch.
  15. Makes great fill for potholes on our dirt road....

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