I've just ordered my first electric kiln and although it comes with it's own programmer and preset programs I don't understand how the programs are set up, as in time and temp for, say a bisque fire or glaze firing. Is there info or a particular book that sets out programs and how to fire the kiln with your own programs?
Most of the controllers sold in the U.S. use two firing modes: Cone-Fire and Ramp-Hold. Cone-Fire is simpler, because you enter mainly the cone number and firing speed. If you want, you can even enter Pre-Heat (to dry the ware in the kiln), Hold (which keeps the kiln at the cone temperature for the period of time you specify), and Slow Cool (to enhance certain glazes).
Ramp-Hold allows you to enter a program that is completely within your control. Do you need to fire faster or slower than the standard speeds in Cone-Fire? Then use Ramp-Hold. Or suppose you want the slow cooling phase to begin at a particular temperature or to vary in rate. Then use Ramp-Hold.