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#1 Karen B

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 11:28 PM

My vent died as I was starting a bisque (of course I have a show on Sunday!).

I found info on how to vent the bisque, but I haven't found anything on how to vent the cone 6 firing.

I am really worried as to how the glaze fire will come out. I have a 12 cu.ft skutt kiln with computer controller.
I have 3 large platters which leave just enough room on the shelves for the posts, and a bunch of bowls and mugs.


My kiln is in my garage studio. I left the window and side door open with a fan facing the window.
The garage door doesn't open although it has about a foot open at the bottom. (my 16 yr old just drove into it a couple days ago)

I did read that I need to remove the vent for the glaze fire and plug the holes in the bottom.

I appreciate any suggestions to make this work until I can get this vent repaired.

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 09:57 AM

Karen;
You should be O.K. if your kiln is in a separate building and you have a window open and the garage door cracked. You should be aware that bisquing clay gives off sulphur dioxide, and you don't want to be in there breathing that for long periods of time. I don't think you need to block the vent for glaze firing.
I am not an expert on kilns, just an experienced potter who likes to help out.
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Posted 19 July 2012 - 10:25 AM

I fired that way for 30 years I now have a envirovent and I'm not impressed I still use a fan and open window to pull fresh air through. You probably just need a new motor. If you have someone who is handy they could figure out which model you need and order it from some place like Graingers on-line. Denice

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 10:26 AM

Karen;
You should be O.K. if your kiln is in a separate building and you have a window open and the garage door cracked. You should be aware that bisquing clay gives off sulphur dioxide, and you don't want to be in there breathing that for long periods of time. I don't think you need to block the vent for glaze firing.
I am not an expert on kilns, just an experienced potter who likes to help out.
TJR.




Thanks T. I was able to call Skutt this morning and ordered a new motor for the vent. They agreed with you about not blocking the vent. They also said to open peep holes just like when I fired the bisque.

#5 Karen B

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 10:28 AM

I fired that way for 30 years I now have a envirovent and I'm not impressed I still use a fan and open window to pull fresh air through. You probably just need a new motor. If you have someone who is handy they could figure out which model you need and order it from some place like Graingers on-line. Denice


Denice, did you leave the top cracked while cooling?




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