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#1 amy92

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Posted 05 July 2014 - 11:51 AM

i've managed to aquire an olympic electric kiln, but no instructions etc. i've managed to turn it on and it heats up, but thats as far as i got. it has a kiln sitter, but i have no idea how it works or what its used for. i have done a fair bit of ceramic work but it has always been fired by my teacher. i really want to be able to do my own stuff but i don't know where to start with this kiln and the use of cones, or temperature control etc. Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated, thanks.

#2 Wyndham

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Posted 05 July 2014 - 12:32 PM

Well the first thing to tell us is the  size and amp rating which is on a foil/metal plate with the serial number.

That information will tell what the max  temp rating for that kiln. Is it plugged into a electrical socket  or is it wired into an electrical panel?

What temp did the previous owner fire the kiln to,cone ?

It should have 3 switches, each switch has an off, low,med, high settings.

Look on the INTERNET for Olympic manuals for your kiln and dl a PDF file

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#3 neilestrick

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Posted 05 July 2014 - 01:34 PM

 

It should have 3 switches, each switch has an off, low,med, high settings.

Look on the INTERNET for Olympic manuals for your kiln and dl a PDF file

Wyndham

 

The size of the kiln will determine how many switches it has. Could be as few as one or as many as 3 or more. The switches may be 4 position low-med-high or could be infinite switches or even just on-off light switches. Lots of variables at work here. But we need to know these things in order to help you. But like Wyndham said, go to the Olympic website or give them a call to get a manual.


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Posted 05 July 2014 - 06:02 PM

 Helping your teacher load and unload several firings will help build your confidence in firing your own kiln.  I have seen kilns, shelves and silts ruined by improper loading and firing.     Denice






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