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First Firing Of This Here Electric-To-Propane/wood/soda Converted Kiln

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#21 JBaymore



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Posted 24 January 2014 - 02:53 PM

Well. It's embarrassing. But I am unfortunately not a person who functions - at all - without sleep. Therefore, when it came time to cool at hour 22, I left the damper where it was (don't have my notes here but it was probably 1" open) and turned off both burners, left just the pilot on.

That's exactly why I said what I said above.... I've seen that mistake happen with new fuel-kiln firers a gazillion times. Youe are NOT alone.


Like Neil, I used to fire salt a lot... and to get good greys rather than browns... I always crash cooled the kiln deliberately. Works a bit with soda also.





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Posted 27 January 2014 - 09:48 AM

You know, I came here to offer gratitude with a little report. I had no idea I'd find even more answers and so very much encouragement.

I have visited so many wood or soda or salt potters who explain they have to have an entirely different "line" of electric-fired ceramics to sell at shops, and keep their main pieces to sell on their at their studios (where they can explain the process in person) or perhaps a fine gallery. I'm now experiencing it first-hand, even at these very early stages, and it isn't very fun, eh? Even friends who collect pottery have no idea what to say except to nod and say, "Um, I like the orange ..." As my throwing and firing improves, I'll feel more confident to explain to friends, "No, really. This isn't a mistake - I want it to look like this!" But for now I'm truly thankful for you folks. You're my one and only cheering section.

Mark C, I just saw your comment - thank you so much for telling me about the clean-out hole. Very necessary!

Marcia, I'm pretty much right at sea level - 230 feet, Wikipedia tells me. If I don't find answers with the brick in the flue and plugging the space above the damper, I'll think about chimney height, too.

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