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  1. THanks, Mark and Steven. You’re both using great logic here, for sure. I’m super impatient, so I want my kiln to cool faster! Lol. If I get the standard Skutt 818, that fires to ^10 but is 2.5”. So i’ll Just use it to fire to ^6, 99% of the time.
  2. I love this forum. Thanks so much, guys. I had no idea that doing ^10 porcelain needed to be done in a reduction atmosphere. I currently use ^6 Coleman porcelain and love it, but I was looking to have the capacity to do ^10. Maybe one day i’ll Get a nice ^10 gas.
  3. Actually, Mark is correct. I wanted to be able to fire ^10 porcelain, but was hoping 2.5 would be enough. Thanks to both for the info!
  4. SUCH good advice from both Neil and Steven. Thank you. I love the idea of firing to ^5 and then a hold (?). And another great idea to get ^10 elements. I haven’t wired it yet, so i’m Quite flexible with the breaker/ amperage. I’m still not convinced that I just don’t pull the trigger on a new Skutt 818-3. I stumbled upon a set of valuable flatware at a thrift store. If I can sell it, I’ll get more than enough to buy that new kiln. ! ! Then I would just keep the 181 for raku. Thanks to everyone for their help! And can someone tell me if I *Have* to have 3” bricks in a ^10 kiln? Or can I get away with the 2.5” brick?
  5. Thanks so much, Arnold. I have to be honest, I saw a Paragon Dragon on Craigslist for $1000 and I almost went for it. But a 75 amp breaker with 4 gauge wire.... gasp! It’s too much for what I need. But what a kiln. And for anyone who may come across this post in the future, here is a great, great video I found that teaches you all about maintaining your kiln, along with how electricity works lol. I needed to learn both of those things. Thanks again.
  6. lol figures. Still, $125 isn’t terrible. Thanks
  7. And does this pack contain enough element to do all three sections or just one section? I can’t tell. It says one in the ad, but i’m Not sure if they consider that one entire unit or not. Thanks
  8. Thanks, Liam. I’m planning on changing out the elements...would I have any issue firing to ^6 if I change them out? Doens’t seem like too huge of a job and seems pretty affordable.. Thanks, Chilly. Yessss, too bad some of them are just straight-up bisque paints. A couple of them are ^05 and the Safari brand is ^5. So i’ll Probably just stick with those and see what happens. Too bad. Do you think a ceramic studio (you know the kind) would want them?
  9. I picked up the kiln and all of the ‘paints’ today. Kiln is so little! I love it. Perfect size for me. I’ll have to pick up some kiln furniture. But honestly not much would fit in there. Here is a pic of the label, as well as a pic of the plug and the outlet that it was attached to. Oh and a pic of about 1/18th of all of the underglazes. There has to be hundreds of them. If they are dried out, can I just use them as watercolors? They seem to all fire to ^5 at least, but I’ll be firing to ^6. Hope that doesn’t make too much of a difference.
  10. Woot woot! Thanks, Neil. You are a huge asset! Thank you. :). I’ll post more photos tomorrow.
  11. So, let me consolidate all my questions into one post (for now lol) : If glazes are super old, are they garbage? Worst case, if there is a weird plug, I can have an electrician come in and install the proper receptacle/breaker? Does it disassemble for transport in a somewhat simple fashion? Can I convert this kiln to a digital / electric controller? Thanks to everyone in advance for their knowledge.
  12. Thanks, Neil. I’ve been firing at a community kiln so I have noooo idea about any of this. Worst case, I can just pay an electrician to come in and set up a receptacle/breaker for me, yes?
  13. Actually, I’m assuming it’s a Skutt? I didn’t notice the other manual. Hmm. Well, I guess I’ll find out tomorrow! What are the issues s that you are seeing with it? Brick issues?
  14. Also, is there anything special I would need to know about wiring? I have a fear that it’s not a standard 220v plug... :/. And if the glazes are old, are they garbage?
  15. Hi everyone - I live on Long Island. Kilns and equipment rarely come up for sale here for some reason. I stumbled across a Skutt 181 kiln, circa 1976, on a yard sale listing on FB. (She’s having a yard sale and the kiln was listed with tons of other non-pottery stuff.). I inquired and she said that I could have the kiln for $100 which also includes “boxes of paints or glazes” and tools. I told her I would take it. I figured that even if the kiln was not usable, I could convert it to a gas one? Or Raku? Is that accurate? Did I get a good deal or did I screw myself? I figured for $100, it was worth a gamble. I haven’t seen it yet. I go to pay for it tomorrow.
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