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In Topic: a couple of questions on my first re-fire

20 April 2013 - 11:12 PM

thanks for the help!
I've got it up and running. New cone and bar, and crossing my fingers for great success. I set it for a "fast firing", and I'm keeping notes on how the dial is moving. It did about 1 hour on low, and 1 hour on medium, just now getting to high... hope it's not too fast!

In Topic: temp for opening kiln?

20 April 2013 - 12:46 PM

This is a really useful thread, as I'm sitting here waiting to peek in the kiln.
I have a pretty basic setup, so I don't have a way to measure the temperature inside the kiln. Does anyone have tricks for gauging the temperature inside?
When the kiln was pitch black inside I took out the second peep.
I've heard of people doing the paper test, but I'm not too sure what temperature is represented by which results. I just took some paper and left it in for 10 seconds, and got a tiiiiiny bit of color change, barely tan, not brown.
I have a small electric cress 23. Any idea what temp it might be if the top of the lid is warm? cool?

In Topic: My very first firing in 18 years of clay

25 March 2013 - 09:45 PM

I just unloaded the kiln, and it was absolutely spectacular. The cone was exactly the right shape and nothing cracked!!
after all these years of being terrified, this is seeming very manageable!
newbie success!!

In Topic: My very first firing in 18 years of clay

25 March 2013 - 10:24 AM

thanks Chris and Marcia!
yes, I counted on a witness cone, it just took forever to bend! I hadn't expected to need 4 hours on high!
No, my kiln doesn't have a computer, it has a special dial that can control the speed of the firing. in fact, I hadn't noticed it and all of a sudden the temperature had changed by itself! I eventually found it on the side of the panel (kind of hard to see the way the kiln is set up).
thanks for the help!

In Topic: setting a kiln directly on the floor

28 February 2013 - 08:59 AM

thank you guys, that is really helpful. I didn't understand that air flow was important.
I'll set it up on cinderblocks, making sure that there is space between them for air to move through.