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  1. I’ve just gotten up and running with my new-used Cress B23h kiln. I have ran two bisque loads to 06 and last night I got my first collection glazed. I loaded up my kiln with the glazed pieces to fire to come 6. It’s only a small load. I switched it on this morning and left on low for 2 hours and then bumped it up to medium. After about an hour or so the top pilot light went out and I don’t think the top elements are on. I’m wondering if the switch is the problem. When I noticed it was out, I turned the switch a little more and the light flashed on and then off again. Now it won’t turn on at all. The bottom seems to be working fine and the elements were getting red before I shut it down. A little back story if it is relavant- when I first go the kiln, I test fired it, empty, and the top infinite switch sparked inside the control cage. I immediately shut the kiln off and unplugged it. I took out the switch and it had obviously been sparking for a while before I got it. I was eager to get my kiln going and I didn’t have any luck finding a switch I could buy in person but I did luck out that the owner of the potter supply place had a used one he sold me. Got home, installed, and have fired 2 bisque loads without any problem. This time when it stopped, it hadn’t gotten even close to as hot as my bisque fires got. In my inexperienced opinion, I think it looks like it’s the switch that’s the problem? And not the elements? I have put a call into Cress and am waiting on a response from their technician. At the moment I am also trying to find a new switch to buy online because I think it would be a good thing to have, regardless. I am, however, having trouble finding this particular switch. Which is a inf-240-31b. It is on the Cress parts list so I am hoping I can still order it from them but I saw on Robertshaw that it is discontinued? Does anyone know of a place to get these switches? Have you experienced something similar? I am so excited to finish firing my first glazed pieces! So any insight you might have, I would greatly appreciate! You guys were great with my other question, so I thought I’d come back and try again Thanks!
  2. Hello all, I'm looking at purchasing a used Cress FX-23 P electric kiln and wondering if anyone has experience with this model? It's just shy of $500 which seems a fair price(?). I'm planning to use it primarily as a bisque kiln, perhaps with a few ^6 fires thrown in for fun. It seems like a sound buy from a company that is still active but if anyone has experiences (good or bad) I'm all ears. Also if anyone can spot check me on this: I had a 240v outlet installed sometime ago for an electric dryer and I'm thinking we can re-purpose that for the kiln (it's asking for 220v and 25amps on the face-plate)--seem sound? Thanks!
  3. Cress Fx27P Help

    Hey everyone! I recently purchased a used Cress FX27P Electric Kiln, and after bisque firing the first time with the automatic kiln sitter, I noticed that the thumbwheel does not move, and appears to have some sort of malfunction. I figured out a way to bisque firing while moving the thumbwheel manually, but I haven't tried glaze firing yet. Anybody owns this kiln or a similar version of this kiln and can help with how I can glaze fire (cone 6) by moving the thumbwheel myself? For everyone that doesn't know what the purpose of the thumbwheel is, there are numbers 0 to 10 on it, and it moves gradually by itself during a firing. 0 being no power to the elements, and 10 being maximum power to the elements. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks.
  4. Hi everyone! I just recently bought a used Cress FX27P electric kiln so I can start firing work at home. So I just recently started my first bisque firing yesterday at 4pm. It was more of a test fire, so I didn't put a lot of work in there, about 15 wheel thrown pieces. There were a couple pieces in there that were not fully bone dry so I set the firing speed at E, the slowest speed. I also put a pyrometric cone (04) in the sitter, 1 peep hole open, and set the thumb wheel to 1, and I set the timer to 16 hours so it can shut off at that time in case anything goes wrong. Throughout the day and night I checked periodically, and the kiln did get red hot, so the elements seemed fine to me, but I didn't take a look at the thumbwheel. So this morning I went to go check on the kiln, and it fired the full 16 hours! and the kiln sitter didn't go off, so the the kiln didn't reach cone 04 temp. Also, the thumbwheel stayed at 1! It didn't move! So I'm thinking the thumbwheel is broken or needs repair, I didn't put the cone in right, or something is wrong with the elements. And even 16 plus hours later the kiln was still showing orange to red heat signatures inside the peep hole. So I talked to my friend who has experience firing kilns, and he said to just fire the thing until the kiln sitter shuts off and set the thumbwheel to 10 max temp as soon as possible so the kiln doesn't have to reheat back to 1000 for the sake of energy efficiency. If anyone has any ideas, input, advice, or suggestions I'd greatly appreciate it! I'm hoping to bisque fire and glaze fire using this kiln in the near future, I already bought a couple pints of cone 6 glazes to test out. Thanks!
  5. Hello, I just bought my first kiln. Its a cheapy through craigslist. I have never owned a kiln, and I have limited experience firing in an electric kiln. Perhaps I should have researched this kiln before I bought it, but the price was too good to pass up.... The kiln is a Cress B-18-H. The front panel on the kiln just has two dials that go from 0 to 100. My question is: What do these dials mean? Hours? Temperature? I've tried googling the kiln, but I think its too old. Also, as far as I can tell, there is no kiln sitter. I assume that I will just have to set up cones so I can see them through the peepholes during the firing? Thank you for your help!
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