Neil, the elements don't look laid and over aren't hanging out. They look just like they did when it was new.
I was looking for a reason that the bottom cones didn't reach more than ^4, with the cones at the thermocouple at a solid ^6. Everything else about the kiln was the same. I never use less that 5" posts on the bottom shelf The schedule was the same. What else can be going on?
I emptied the kiln, set the ramp to 999* per hour and watched it until it hit 500*. I lifted the lid and peeked in. The top 2 rings of elements were red, the bottom 2 rings were red. The center 8 rings were dark. I let it run up to 800* and that did not change. Since the Skutt is supposed to have hotter elements on the top 1/3 and bottom 1/3 of the 3 sections, I was puzzled as to why I did not see 4 rings red top and bottom.
How many ^04 bisque and ^6 glaze firing should I get from a set of elements?
I appreciate all educated advice, I'm in the dark with this.
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12 years as a pottery student, always. Cone 6 functional, mostly.