I assume the 'cone nonsense' was misinterpreted Giselle, even is you're willing to risk failure, the equipment is going to wear out at the very least.
That's not the same as failing really since failing is more spontaneous and will happen any time BUT every kiln here is going to wear out and unless you are just preemptively changing elements and related hardware then you will miss the opportunity to do it at the right time and not screw up any pots.
We do this for a living and we are extremely picky about the finish work and overall quality so waiting for a crappy glaze load or two instead of using cones is certainly not something I would even remotely think about doing as a lost glaze load or two could mean that weeks paycheck. We also do a lot of prototyping and that means we really need to know that from concept to production all new designs were all consistently fired to the exact same temp every time.
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