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Member Since 14 Nov 2012
Offline Last Active Apr 06 2016 01:27 PM

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In Topic: How Long Do Your Elements Last?

06 April 2016 - 01:27 PM

I get maybe 200 or more firings out of my elements. When they sag, I pin them. My thermocouples go before my elements and in 6 years I've only replaced 2 relays on 3 kilns. I have heavy duty elements on my L&L E 28T 3 240 with over 300 firings - once or twice a week for the past 4 years. When a relay goes, I replace only that one but I make sure I have others on hand.

In Topic: temp for opening kiln?

06 February 2016 - 11:58 AM

For 4 years now I've been opening the lid of a glaze firing and looking in a number of times from 600F on down. Around 450 I prop the lid a couple of inches open and at 400 I open all the way. I remove the pots at around 220. I do about 2 full loads of 2 or 3 kilns 2 or 3 times weekly and I've had no problems. The attached (if it shows) was taken with the kiln around 430. By the way, that particular kiln has had about 250 firings with the same elements.