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#1 confused_yet_curious

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 07:17 PM

Hi everyone,
I need to do an cone 06 glaze and I need to load the kiln with tiles, and I was curious to know how do all of you approach loading an electric kiln with glazed tiles? What I planned to do was place as many single tiles on the shelves as I could and repeat the process till I fill the kiln up. All thoughts are welcomed and thanks everyone.

P.s. I bisques at cone 06 and I will be glazing at cone 06 do any of you think this will be an issue?

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 07:21 PM

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 08:28 PM

As many as you can get on shelve and repeat is what I would do-this will use up tons of shelves-If you have room maybe leave some space at bottom of kiln as bottoms run cooler-Will this be a FULL kiln load of tiles??
or partial-if partial load them in the sweet spot where temps are best middle to top.if full load you may have some cold ones on bottom-depends on the kiln.If I recall this is a state of the art kiln one so no worries on where to put them.

I'm not an expert at cone 06. But have lots of electric experience at 06 (bisqueing mostly)
Heres a recent load photo

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 09:40 PM

As many as you can get on shelve and repeat is what I would do-this will use up tons of shelves-If you have room maybe leave some space at bottom of kiln as bottoms run cooler-Will this be a FULL kiln load of tiles??
or partial-if partial load them in the sweet spot where temps are best middle to top.if full load you may have some cold ones on bottom-depends on the kiln.If I recall this is a state of the art kiln one so no worries on where to put them.

I'm not an expert at cone 06. But have lots of electric experience at 06 (bisqueing mostly)
Heres a recent load photo

Mark

Thanks Mark,
I'm going to be loading an full kiln of tiles. Your pieces look good by the way :0) I wish I could be more neat in the creation of my pieces :0( or :0(

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 05:44 PM

Hi everyone,
I need to do an cone 06 glaze and I need to load the kiln with tiles, and I was curious to know how do all of you approach loading an electric kiln with glazed tiles? What I planned to do was place as many single tiles on the shelves as I could and repeat the process till I fill the kiln up. All thoughts are welcomed and thanks everyone.


You could probably fit more tiles in tile holders than on shelves.

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 07:19 PM

Arnold has the right idea if you are using "standard" tiles, the tile setter is the way to go. I'm talking about the bisqued tiles that come in 4" or 6"--ready to decorate and glaze. If you are making the tiles yourself, they may not fit a typical tile setter but there are several kinds to choose from. They sure save a lot of kiln space.

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 12:02 AM

Hi I'm making the tiles myself with stoneware. I will look into the tile holders. I would like to focus on tile making after graduation the May.

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 05:40 AM

I use tile setters. Tons of shelves is a lot of mass to heat up. Also, laying tiles flat on shelves
can lead to immature glaze results in the center of the tiles. For more even heating you
could raise the tiles on 1/4" coils of clay.
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Posted 21 March 2012 - 12:43 PM

As I've been making my own non-standard sized tiles, I haven't found any tile holders that would work. So what I did was to make a special extrusion die and extrude a hollow triangular shape (which I also use for glaze test tiles) and cut them at different lengths. They are loaded with the bisque tiles as I burn those and then later when I load the glazed tiles I use them on the sides to offer me a range of heights between the shelves, which are supported on the longer shelf posts. The tiles are balanced on top of these posts along with using most of my otherwise unused kiln posts. This allows me to use some of the vertical space (without the mass of shelves) for packing in more tiles per firing.


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Posted 22 March 2012 - 02:24 PM

Once again, a timely read. I am about to stack my first glaze kiln and I will include several 7"x11" tiles. Placing them on coils sounds like something that will be a good idea for these larger tiles, and will support them well. Thanks for the tip. It's also good to hear you note about shelves being a lot of mass to heat up. Gets me thinking more about that.

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 02:34 PM

I have 2 sizes of tile racks. I have seen stackable segments with an extended arm made somewhat like Ameriswede alludes to or clay pipes with clay stciks for support.
Low temps shouldn't be a problem.

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 10:11 PM


Hi everyone,
I need to do an cone 06 glaze and I need to load the kiln with tiles, and I was curious to know how do all of you approach loading an electric kiln with glazed tiles? What I planned to do was place as many single tiles on the shelves as I could and repeat the process till I fill the kiln up. All thoughts are welcomed and thanks everyone.


You could probably fit more tiles in tile holders than on shelves.

Sincerely,

Arnold Howard
Paragon Industries, L.P., Mesquite, Texas USA
ahoward@paragonweb.com / www.paragonweb.com


Hi Arnold, is it safe to stack tile holders the one that are like racks, one on top of another?
thanks.

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 10:12 PM

As many as you can get on shelve and repeat is what I would do-this will use up tons of shelves-If you have room maybe leave some space at bottom of kiln as bottoms run cooler-Will this be a FULL kiln load of tiles??
or partial-if partial load them in the sweet spot where temps are best middle to top.if full load you may have some cold ones on bottom-depends on the kiln.If I recall this is a state of the art kiln one so no worries on where to put them.

I'm not an expert at cone 06. But have lots of electric experience at 06 (bisqueing mostly)
Heres a recent load photo

Mark


Hi Mark,
How deep is your load?




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