My shiny new Olympic kiln with the fancy Bartlett 6-key electronic controller just arrived. Yaaay! I've never used an electronic controller, and after reading the manual with its kinda skimpy instructions, I'm really, really confused. I'm firing sculptures that tend to crack unless I preheat them for a long while, so I want to program the kiln so that it preheats for 8 hours below 212 degrees, then slowwwwly bisques to 06.
I've run a test cycle with the empty kiln, allowed it to cool to 100 degrees, and now I've loaded the kiln. The Ramp/hold program asks:
(1) how many segments I want (Two??)
(2) rate of temperature rise (100 degrees? - since it's already at 100 degrees, that would keep it below 212, right?),
(3) end point temperature (200 degrees?)
(4) hold time (8.0 hours)
After entering this info, the readout shows 250 degrees....So obviously, I've guessed wrong about how to program this gizmo.
Can anyone tell me how to achieve what I'm after?