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When Firing A Converted Propane Kiln Should I Use A Pyrometer?


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#1 j_stearns31

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 03:42 PM

I am converting an electric kiln to a propane kiln for school. i am fairly new at this whole topic and my teacher dosen't have much experience either. what i was wondering is do i need a pyrometer? and if so what is the best brand? Also how big of a propane tank did you use? any suggestions or advice would help and be greatly appreciated.



#2 Marcia Selsor

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 06:01 PM

You will need a safe burner system if you are in a school. Talk with Mark Ward at Ward Burners. He can tell you what size tank you need for the burner to work on what ever size kiln you are working with.
There are some good articles about this floating around out there. Do a little digging.You will most likely need a hood maybe with a chimney depending on several issues.

I would use cones because they better indicate the heat work if they are not " freezing".
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Posted 14 January 2014 - 08:26 PM

http://codyopottery....irth-of-my.html

The above link shows a series of pictures of how one potter did the conversion; might be helpful.

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 12:13 PM

Thank you Marcia for the advice. I will definently check into ward burners and see what they have to say. Thank you again and your advice was much appreciated



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Posted 29 January 2014 - 12:17 PM

Thank you bciskepottery for providing me with the link. It was super helpful and will really help me with the conversion. Thank you



#6 Mark C.

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 03:39 AM

Yes you need one-its like a speedometer in your car- more info is useful.

I would get a digital one-use the search function as there  are many posts on this subject.

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