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a couple of questions on my first re-fire

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Hi all

last night was my first ever glaze firing, and I came in a little under temp.

Tonight I'm going to give it another shot and I have a couple of questions.

 

How fast can I ramp up the temperature? do I just start it on high, or go through medium and low first?

I'm going to switch out the witness cone for a new one, should I also change out the kiln-sitter cone?

 

Since this was my first glaze firing, I had a LOT of glaze tests in there. do you think that re-firing is going to give me a good idea of what the glazes will look like in the future, or should I assume that the tests won't be a good representation?

 

some technical details: I'm using commercial clay and glazes, using an electric Cress 23 kiln (small studio size). I bisqued to 04, and I was trying to fire to cone 6. my witness cone began to bend, but is still mostly straight, so I estimate that it got to cone 5.

 

last night's firing was 2 hours on low, 2.5 on medium, and it took 5 hours on HIGH to get to cone 5 (total firing was 10 hours). That seems long to me, I would have expected it to reach temperature a bit faster. does that sound normal to you?

thanks for all your help, this is pretty exciting!!

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Hi all

last night was my first ever glaze firing, and I came in a little under temp.

Tonight I'm going to give it another shot and I have a couple of questions.

 

How fast can I ramp up the temperature? do I just start it on high, or go through medium and low first?

I'm going to switch out the witness cone for a new one, should I also change out the kiln-sitter cone?

 

Since this was my first glaze firing, I had a LOT of glaze tests in there. do you think that re-firing is going to give me a good idea of what the glazes will look like in the future, or should I assume that the tests won't be a good representation?

 

some technical details: I'm using commercial clay and glazes, using an electric Cress 23 kiln (small studio size). I bisqued to 04, and I was trying to fire to cone 6. my witness cone began to bend, but is still mostly straight, so I estimate that it got to cone 5.

 

last night's firing was 2 hours on low, 2.5 on medium, and it took 5 hours to get to cone 5. That seems long to me, I would have expected it to reach temperature a bit faster. does that sound normal to you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

thanks for all your help, this is pretty exciting!!

 

 

It is exciting isn't it? I used to candle then go to medium then high. Now I candle and go straight to high...it works for me.. Good luck on your refire.

 

 

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thanks for the help!

I've got it up and running. New cone and bar, and crossing my fingers for great success. I set it for a "fast firing", and I'm keeping notes on how the dial is moving. It did about 1 hour on low, and 1 hour on medium, just now getting to high... hope it's not too fast!

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I do not know much about firing as I have only done it 10ish times. My firing schedule that got the best results was, 1 hour to 300 centigrade then full whack all the way to 1240 centigrade with a 20 min hold. I have no idea if this is the best but it has given me the best results. Maybe I should take it slower to start. Not sure on the time that it takes from 300 to 1240 but probably 4-6 hours.

 

Stoneware 'buff', electric kiln, digital controller, too much enthusiasm laugh.gif

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