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In Topic: Water Vapor In Kiln

04 October 2014 - 08:07 PM

My kiln did not shut off for my last bisque firing last Sunday.  I knew it wasn't getting hot enough.  Couldn't see the glow between the lid and the base.  After wishful thinking shut it down after 17 hours. Checking with a meter found it was the top switch. Looked like it had a little nest in it.  Got a new one from Cress in 2 days, installed it and today bisque fired again..off in 7 hours.  I hurried it a bit since everything was almost 04 but had no idea what cone.

Last glaze firing the kiln sitter cone broke and shut it down early. Everything was unfired. Orton said to tug a bit on the cone before using.  Then if they are weak or cracked they will break and you won't risk an underfire. I refired and everything turned out fine.  I had about 10 in the box pull apart.   I think I'm due a few good firings in a row now.

Hope all goes well.  It could be the damp ware.  I am very conservative and glaze fire very slowly 13-15hours.

In Topic: Hot Wax For Bottoms Of Pots?

01 October 2014 - 10:28 AM

I too was using the fry pan method with tea candles.  I had a lot of wax on the bottoms.  Then I felt I had to scrap it because the wax fumes were bad when firing.  I just bought some Forbes wax resist....goes on so easy with a small foam brush.  And you don't get that little " burp mark" on glaze edge.

In Topic: How To Troubleshoot Kiln Problem

30 September 2014 - 01:17 PM

Thanks all ...electrician friend checked it out with meter.  Elements look fine.  The switch seems to be working  intermittently on one side.  All others look good.  No apparent corrosion or fried parts.  Ordered switch $24 but shipping is horrendous.

  Now I suppose I should refire the bisque.  Underfired bisque (was trying to go to 04) can give you lots of problems right?

In Topic: How To Troubleshoot Kiln Problem

30 September 2014 - 07:57 AM

Whoa!  Looked at the cage covering ...it looks pretty complicated.  I need step by step info. 

In Topic: Kiln Firing Time/time To Replace Elements?

29 September 2014 - 06:37 AM

Help. I'm 3yr potter  and my bought used (never used but sat in a shed for 25 yrs) Cress B23H 240v kiln(Kiln sitter) It would not reach cone 04 bisque yesterday.  I turned to high at 2:30 pm and still not off at 9.  This is only my 8th set of bisque/ glaze firing. When I fire I can see a ring of glow between the lid and base and that wasn't happening last night.  Also around the peeps... bottom was glowing but top peep looked dull red. So when it's cool I have to figure out what is wrong. What steps do I take???   If it elements does anyone know a reasonable repair person around Knoxville TN.  I have $650 in kiln and just bought a $700 wheel.  Now this passion is becoming expensive. YIkes!!  Or is this something I could do??