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Old Gare (Or Evenheat) Kiln Model 2327

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I recently purchased an old Gare ( or Evenheat) Kiln model 2327.  Evenheat still makes this high fire kiln but, when I searched their website they only provide a manual for their newer model of the 2327.  I am looking for the manual pertaining to the older model 2327.  the kiln I purchased is equipped with a kiln sitter model LT-3K which has a timer dial as well.  the controller uses a series of 6 (on/off) switches to control which elements are heated, I am also looking for a firing schedule for these switches.  If you have any tips or suggestions on operating and firing this kiln please feel free to add to the conversation.  Any bit of information is helpful.

 

Thanks all!

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The timer dial on the kiln sitter is an option for a secondary safety shutdown. You should set the timer for an hour or 2 longer than you expect the firing to last, and then if the sitter cone fails to release the drop for whatever reason, it won't overfire more than an hour or so, should something happen to you that you aren't there to shut it off when it is done.

 

As for a firing schedule, it would be similar to any manual kiln. Start things on low for an hour and slowly add heat by turning things up. The difference on this one is that the switches are binary (on-off) so your control comes from the number of them that are are on at any particular time. For a slow ramp, start with #1 switch (let's call them 1 through 6 from bottom to top) on for an hour, then add #3 for the next hour, and then add #5 for an hour. Now you are running on half power, about the same as medium anywhere else. Continue adding #2, #4, and #6 at half hourly intervals, and now you are at full power. Let that do it's job until it's finished.

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I would add that you may want to prop the lid an inch or so when you have elements 1 and 3 on, to keep it from heating too quickly. Not so much a issue during glaze firings, but definitely a good way to go during bisque.

 

Use the same schedule every time, so you know how long to set the timer for. I wouldn't set it for more than 1/2-1 hour longer than you expect it to go. Ultimately, you need to check the kiln to make sure it shuts off properly. I've seen sitters and timers fail.

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avery, not to nitpick but please know that the word "controller" is referring to electronic switching on and off of the elements  according to a schedule set by the kiln manufacturer or the user based on temperatures read by thermocouples installed by the manufacturer.    

 

so when you read a post that talks about a controller just know that post is not about your type of kiln.

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