Hi, a friend of mine moved and gave me 500#s of used clay and there’s bone dry and hard wet clay. I also have about 500# of really hard new clay of a different kind that will need to be worked separately. I have a Shimpo PM-071 Pugmill no vacum, but I don’t have much experience with it, or any real life friends who know how to use it. The amount of clay I use doesn’t warrant a weekly use of it and cleaning takes quite a bit of time. I usually just wedge my scraps. Also when I do use it (once or twice a year) the pugged clay sometimes comes out short and I have to mix it with new clay or add water and re-wedge it.
Is there a way to leave clay inside the pugmill for several weeks in hot weather for 2 or 3 weeks? If it does get hard, do I have to remove a last bit of dry clay before using it again with the same clay? The manual says to add a cup of water to the hopper, but what about clay on the barrel?
This is pretty much a onetime kind of affair. Since it’s not likely I’ll ever have 500# of scraps ever again, I don’t want to spend a lot of money to recycle it or have stuff around I won’t need after I’m done. I’m in no hurry and don’t have to do it all at once.
Pugmills should come with more information on how to use them… I’ve searched the web and haven’t had found something that explains how to used them in a way someone with no experience can understand it.
I’ll appreciate any information or link!