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#55702 Solar Powered Kiln?

Posted by Doulla on 29 March 2014 - 01:43 PM

I have solar panels on my house to produce electricity. The excess of which goes into the grid and we get paid for this by the electricity company/government. I always try to run my kiln on a sunny day to reduce the cost as much as possible. My small kiln which is 13kw can run entirely from the solar electricity if it is a nice sunny day.

#40845 What Time Of Day Do You Fire?

Posted by Doulla on 15 August 2013 - 05:38 AM

We installed solar power a couple of years ago so I fire during the day. I set the timer to start at about 5am which means it is ready for the bung to be put in when I get up. I try as far as possible to fire on nice sunny days and my smaller kiln will fire entirely on solar power so for free!!

#31610 What bisque firing schedule do you use?

Posted by Doulla on 26 March 2013 - 05:58 AM

I sculpture with stoneware clays and use the following schedule for bisque firing which is one of the preset programs that came on my electric kiln.

60 or 90 ramp depending on how large the piece is. I use 90 most of the time even on larger pieces.

It ramps at these until reaching 600 degrees centigrade and then continues at 250 ramp to the final temperature. I use 1,000 - 1,060 for my final bisque firing temperature.

I have lots of pottery books but none of them really talk about the firing process in any detail so I got most of what I know from the manual with my kiln. I have been following this schedule for over 10 years and have never had a problem.