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Whoops! Forgot To Turn On My Kiln Vent.

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Turned the kiln on a few hours ago and then suddenly realized I didn't start the vent. When I ran down to turn on the vent, the kiln was around 550 degrees Fahrenheit. Do you think it will have any noticeable affect on my firing, or am I just obsessing needlessly?

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Thanks to both of you... and of course you were correct, absolutely no harm done to the firing and it even finished within minutes of the normal time. Whew!

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irenepots    5

I wasn't sure if I should restart a thread with my similar question, or just enter into this one.

 

I also forgot to turn on my vent, but unfortunately didn't remember till the temp was higher, about 850 degrees.  It's a load of cone 6   Standard porcelain 551, which by the way I like a lot.

 

I'll be able to open it tonight, but will I be able to tell then if there's a problem, or will it show up later in the glaze firing?  Or should I be ok?  What happens if you (shudder!), never remember to the vent on?

 

Irene

hoping the Kiln Gods are in a good mood.  I did sacrifice a pot to them yesterday on the wheel....

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flowerdry    128

I once turned on the vent, but forgot to go outside and unblock the outlet.  I could detect no difference in the firing, but I felt pretty stupid when I discovered it very near the end of the firing.

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ronfire    50

Several people do not have vents on their kilns, went a year before I added a vent.

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irenepots    5

Did you have to crack the lid or pull out the stoppers or anything till a certain temp before you had a vent?  Is that just manual kilns?

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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. 

 

Edited by Teresa Moran

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Sputty    73
59 minutes ago, Teresa Moran said:

What do yo think the effect will be? My kiln is in my basement, I dont smell anything.

It'll be absolutely fine. Don't worry. You won't see any difference at all.

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